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Trash Regulations

Set trash out neatly at the curb by 7am on your trash day(s) or after 5pm the night before. Remember to separate trash from recycling on the curb.

Acceptable Containers

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  • Made of metal or durable plastic
  • Lid required
  • No larger than 32 gallons in capacity
  • When full, no heavier than 50 pounds
  • All garbage must be contained in tied trash bags  

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  • Trash bags
  • Made of 0.9 mil thick plastic
  • 32 gallons or less
  • Setting trash out for pickup in grocery store bags, paper bags, cartons, or boxes is not acceptable.


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Acceptable Items for Regular Trash
Acceptable Items Needing Special Pickup
Unacceptable Items for Regular Trash
Unacceptable Items for Regular Trash, but Acceptable by Other Means


  • 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

  • Waste Reduction E-Newsletter

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  • Single Stream Recycling

    Mayor Menino announces citywide expansion of the program.

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