Recycling for Boston residents in households with 1-6 units. Recycle More! Boston residents no longer have to separate paper and cardboard from cans and bottles. Instead, they may mix all recyclable materials together in one large container.
Use Small Blue Recycling Bins
You may continue to use your small blue bin. New or replacement blue bins are no longer provided by the City. Do not overfill bin. If loose items overflow bin, you can be cited for code violations.
Convert a Trash Can to a Recycling Can
When you recycle more, you’ll have less trash. Convert a trash can for recycling with a recycling sticker. The can must be no larger than 32 gallons and have a lid. Call 617-635-4500 or use our online form to request a sticker.
Request Recycling Sticker
Use A Large Recycling Cart
Residents are able to request blue wheeled recycling carts for their buildings. Carts will only be distributed to residential properties with six or less units. Limit one recycle cart per household. There is no charge for carts.
September 30, 2014 is the last day residents may request recycling carts. Any carts requested by on or before September 30, will be delivered by November.
Residents will be able to request recycling carts again in the spring 2015. In the meantime, recycling stickers are available. See "Convert a Trash Can to a Recycling Can" option.
Use Clear Plastic Bags (Select Neighborhoods Only)
For residents in Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway, Mission Hill, North End, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, and West End.
Please visit the City's clear bag partner Waste Zero, for details about the clear bag recycling program and participating retailers.