Curbside Recycling

Recycling for Boston residents in households with 1-6 units. Recycle More! Boston residents no longer have to separate paper and cardboard from cans and bottles. Instead, they may mix all recyclable materials together in one large container.

Recyclable Materials

Recycling Options

Small Blue Bin (75)Use Small Blue Recycling Bins
You may continue to use your small blue bin. New or replacement blue bins are no longer  provided by the City. Do not overfill bin. If loose items overflow bin, you can be cited for code violations.

Trash Barrel w/ Recycling Sticker 75x75Convert a Trash Can to a Recycling Can
When you recycle more, you’ll have less trash. Convert a trash can for recycling with a recycling sticker. The can must be no larger than 32 gallons and have a lid. Call 617-635-4500 or use our online form to request a sticker.  
Request Recycling Sticker

Recycling CartUse A Large Recycling Cart   
Residents are able to request blue wheeled recycling carts for their buildings. Carts will only be distributed to residential properties with six or less units. Limit one recycle cart per household. There is no charge for carts.
Request a 64 gallon wheeled recycling cart.

Note: The Public Works Department delivers most recycling carts within 2-4 weeks. When you receive your cart, please write your address on the white label on the front of the cart. The recycling collection vehicle may be unable to service carts on a small number of narrow streets in the city. After making your request, if your street is not serviceable, a Waste Reduction staff member will contact you.

Plastic Bag (75)Use Clear Plastic Bags (Select Neighborhoods Only)
For residents in Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway, Mission Hill, North End, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, and West End. 

Please visit the City's clear bag partner Waste Zero, for details about the clear bag recycling program and participating retailers.  



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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

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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

Online Services


  • Single Stream Recycling

    Mayor Menino announces citywide expansion of the program.

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