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Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

Boston Public Works Department collects and composts residents' leaf and yard waste.

Below are instructions and collection dates.


  • Place leaves, and yard debris in large paper leaf bags or open barrels labeled "yard waste" (no plastic bags).
  • Yard Waste stickers for barrels are available by calling 617-635-4500 or placing an online service request (up to 2 stickers available per household).
  • Tie branches with string, 3' maximum length. Do not put branches in barrels.
  • Put barrels, bags and branches on the curb by 7:00 AM on your Recycling Day, between the collection dates listed below.
  • Yard waste will not be collected with trash during this period.
  • Yard waste in plastic bags will also not be collected.
  • Place your yard waste, prepared per the instructions above, on the curb by 7am on your recycling day, throughout the dates indicated below.  

Collection Dates

The Boston Public Works Department will collect residents' leaves and yard waste for 7 weeks on recycling day beginning October 13th and running until November 29th.

Leaf collection in neighborhoods with 2 recycling days will happen on the first recycling day.

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    Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradicated from Boston effective May 14, 2014

    Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is declaring eradication of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts, thereby releasing them from quarantine. Since 2010, APHIS has worked with its Commonwealth partners to complete extensive survey, control, and regulatory activities in these areas to eradicate ALB from Massachusetts.

    APHIS determined that these counties can be removed from quarantine after program efforts resulted in three years of negative surveys of host plants within the regulated areas. The attached Federal Order immediately rescinds the regulated area in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts, for ALB. As a result of this action, no remaining ALB regulated areas exist in Boston or Brookline, Massachusetts.

    For more information regarding the ALB Eradication Program, please call National Policy Manager Robyn Rose, Ph.D., at 301-851-2283

    State News Release »

    USDA News Release »


  • 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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  • Single Stream Recycling

    Mayor Menino announces citywide expansion of the program.

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