Curbside Recycling

Boston has single-stream recycling. You can mix all recyclable materials together and place them on the curb for pickup on your recycling day.

Ways to Recycle in Boston:

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Use a Small Blue Recycling Bin

You can purchase a small blue recycling bin at a grocery store, hardware store, or other major retailer. Make sure not to overfill the bin, or you could be fined.

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Convert a Trash Can to a Recycling Bin

You can covert a trash can into a recycling bin with a sticker from 311. The can must be no larger than 32 gallons and must have a lid. Request a recycling sticker

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Use A Large Recycling Cart

In the spring, you can request a large blue wheeled recycling cart for free if you live in a building with six or less units. There's a limit of one cart per building.

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Use a Clear Plastic Bag

In most neighborhoods, you can place your recycling at the curb in a clear plastic bag. Bags are available at a variety of stores across the city. See a list of neighborhoods and stores


Recyclable Materials in Boston

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Acceptable Materials for Recycling
Unacceptable Materials for Recycling