Waste Reduction Frequently Asked Questions

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Recycling Bin
How do I get a recycling bin?
What day do I set my recycling out for pickup?
Who do I call if my recycling wasn't picked up?
Recyclable Items
What can I recycle?
Can you recycle Styrofoam even if it has a recycling symbol on it ?
Does the City recycle Christmas trees?
Is wrapping paper recyclable?
Can I recycle reusable doors, windows, bathroom fixtures etc.?
Where can I recycle plastic bags?
Yard Waste
When are leaves and yard waste collected?
How can I compost at home?
Hazardous Waste
What should I do with my old paint?
What should I do with my household products that are hazardous?
What do I do with my tires, car batteries or propane tanks?
What should I do with compact flourescent light bulbs (CFLs)?
What do I do with household batteries?
How do I dispose of old prescription medication ?
Appliances & Electronics
Can I recycle my computer?
How do I get rid of an old television set?
Do my refrigerator or air conditioner get recycled?
Can I recycle household electronics?
Where do my bottles, cans, and paper that I put out for recycling go?
Can I recycle if I live in a large apartment building?
How can I recycle at work?
Can I recycle at school?


  • South End Trash & Recycling Program: Pilot Program Extended with New Hours

    The evaluation of the four-month pilot trash & recycling program for the South end was completed on June 11 at a neighborhood meeting held at the South End Library. Many residents attended the meeting and there was a full discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of the Pilot Program. The two most prominent takeaways were that the program was effective in improving the neighborhood cleanliness, but the 11:00 pm placement hour was too restrictive. New program hours & requirements will go into effect July 1, 2013. Please read the attached flyer for more details.

    South End Trash & Recycling Pilot Program

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal: Summer Drop-Off Dates

    Boston residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste for free at upcoming events:  

    June 14 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at UMASS Boston, Parking Lot D, Dorchester

    June 28 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, Millennium Park

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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

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  • Single Stream Recycling

    Mayor Menino announces citywide expansion of the program.

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