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?


  • Electronics Recycling & Paper Shredding: Fall Date

    The City will collect and recycle electronic waste for free from the Public.

    Residents can also safely shred and recycle unwanted confidential documents at no charge. Limit 10 boxes to shred, no businesses.

    October 25 from 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM at UMass Boston Bayside parking Lot, 200 Mt. Vernon St, Dorchester.

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal: Fall Drop-Off Dates

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

    October 25 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at UMASS Boston, Parking Lot D, Dorchester 

    November 22 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, Millennium Park

  • 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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