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.

  • Earth Machine Compost Bin (75x75)

    Compost Bins

    Compost in your own backyard or even inside your apartment. Compost bins and kitchen scrap buckets are available to Boston residents at subsidized rates.

    Learn More About Composting »

  • Hazardous Waste 75x75

    Hazardous Waste Disposal and Paper Shredding

    Boston residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste and shred unwanted documents for free at upcoming events.

    July 23, 2016: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    400 Frontage Road, South Boston.

    November 19, 2016: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, near Millennium Park.

    *Paper shredding is sponsored by the City of Boston Credit Union. Shredding is limited to 10 Copy Paper sized boxes of personal documents per person. Shredding business papers is prohibited.
  • Latex Paint Can (75)

    Paint Swap & Drop Off Dates

    May through August, Public Works hosts Saturday swap shops for surplus paint, stains & varnishes. They also host drop-offs for used motor oil at public works yards in four neighborhoods. Open to all Boston Residents (Proof of Residency is Required).

    Dates and Locations »

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