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Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

Boston Public Works Department collects and composts residents' leaf and yard waste. Collection starts April 1 to the first week in December, and occurs at 7:00 AM on your recycling day.

Do's and Don'ts of Collection


  • Place leaves and yard debris in large paper leaf bags or open barrels labeled "yard waste".

  • Tie branches with string, 3' maximum length.

  • Place barrels, bags and branches on the curb by 7:00 AM on your Recycling Day.

  • Request Yard Waste stickers for barrels by calling 311 or placing an online service request (up to 2 stickers available per household).


  • Use plastic bags; they will not be collected.

  • Place branches in barrels.


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