Waste Reduction

The Waste Reduction Division (formerly Recycling and Sanitation) is responsible for the collection and disposal of residential recyclables, trash, and leaf and yard waste. The Division also holds hazardous waste drop-off days up to four times per year, seasonal paint and motor oil drop-offs, and offers discounted backyard compost bins.

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    Holiday Trash & Recycling Collection

    Public Works will collect Christmas trees for composting from Monday December 29, 2014 to January 9, 2015. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, and stands from trees and place trees at the curb by 7AM on your recycling day. Do not put trees in plastic bags, and don't forget to recycle your holiday catalogs and wrapping paper as well.  

    If you have 2 recycling days per week, Christmas trees will be collected on your first recycling day of the week.

    View Holiday Trash and Recycling Schedule »

    Look Up Your Recycling Day »

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    New Trash & Recycling Collection Dates for Select Neighborhoods

    New collection hauling and disposal contracts will become effective July 1, 2014 and will continue until the end of the contract term in fiscal year 2019.

    Affected neighborhoods: Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, Fenway, Financial District, Leather District, Mission Hill, North End, Roxbury, South End, and West End.

    More Information & Schedules »

    Recycling & Trash Guidelines for Downtown and Roxbury »

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    Household Waste Look-Up

    Recycle More. Trash Less! Get instructions on how to properly dispose of various household items.

    Household Waste Look-Up »

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  • Missed Pickup

    If your trash or recycling was not picked up, please call the Mayor's Office (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 617-635-4500 or place an online service request by following the link below.

    Report Missed Trash/Recycling/Yard Waste/Bulk Item Pickup

  • Waste Reduction E-Newsletter

    Receive email updates about curbside recycling, compost bin sales, yard waste collection, hazardous waste drop-offs, and trash regulations.

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