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Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

If you don't have time to compost your leaves or yard debris, Boston Public Works Department will. We will collect your leaves and yard waste on your recycling day and use it as natural fertilizer for Boston's community gardens.


  • 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 Spring 2014 yard waste collection period will run for 4 weeks: April 28 - May 23, 2014

Please have your leaf and yard waste out by 7:00AM on your recycling day.

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    Update on Yard Waste Collection in ALB Regulated Area

    Leaf and yard waste collected in the Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) regulated area can be placed curbside on your trash collection day, where it will be appropriately disposed of in accordance with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) ALB Eradication Program Guidelines. Please place yard waste on the curb by 7AM on your scheduled trash/recycling day. Tie branches with string, 3' maximum length and no wider than 1 inch. Do not put branches in barrels.

    ALB Trash Days Map »

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  • 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

  • Waste Reduction E-Newsletter

    Receive email updates about curbside recycling, compost bin sales, yard waste collection, hazardous waste drop-offs, and trash regulations.

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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


  • Single Stream Recycling

    Mayor Menino announces citywide expansion of the program.

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