Waste Removal & Recycling

Garbage and Recycling are picked up on Wednesdays. You can put garbage on the curb near our trash area after 5PM on Tuesdays. On weeks where there is a Monday holiday, garbage pickup is on Thursdays and you can put out your garbage at 5PM Wednesday night.

Some general guidelines:

  • Do not store garbage in the hallways. The cleaning crews will not pick it up and it may attract pests.
  • Look for an empty bin in the trash area so that the lids can stay down. It keeps rodents and bugs away.

Recycling for Large Buildings


Paper Recycling (Green Bins)

  • Newspaper (with inserts)
  • Magazines/ Catalogues
  • Junk mail (remove free samples)
  • White & colored paper/brown bags
  • Telephone books/paperback books
  • Flattened binboard (e.g. cereal boxes)
  • Milk cartons – flattened
  • Flattened corrugated cardboard (3′ x 3′ or less, place under or next to Blue Bin)  

Container Recycling (Blue Bins)

  • Glass bottles/ jars. Labels may stay No broken glass or light bulbs, dishes, glasses, Pyrex, window or auto glass.
  • Tin & aluminum food and soda cans, aluminum foil, pie plates, jar lids-Remove lids. Labels may stay.
  • All plastic containers – Caps & lid may stay. No motor oil or chemical containers
  • Juice & soy milk boxes
  • No plastic bags

Yard Waste

Leaves, weeds, grass, brush. 3′ maximum length. 1′ maximum diameter.
Place your yard waste on the curb by 7am
Put yard waste in open barrels or paper leaf bags. Tie brush with string.Do not use plastic bags.
Two weeks prior to seasonal Yard Waste Collections, no yard waste will be collected. Please save it for the dates below:

  • Spring curbside collection, four weeks:
    April 30, 2007 – May 25, 2007
  • Fall curbside collection, six weeks:
    October 29, 2007 – December 7, 2007

Christmas trees for curbside collection on trash day first 2 full weeks in January.

Drop off location and schedule:

  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., April through November
  • 1st Saturday of the month: Roxbury Public Works Yard, 280 Highland St.
  • 2nd Saturday: Hyde Park Public Works Yard, 58 Dana Ave.
  • 3rd Saturday: Brighton Public Works Yard, 315 Western Ave.
  • 4th Saturday: East Boston Public Works Yard, 320 East Eagle St.

* Note: Drop off sites will be closed after the fourth Saturday of October, and will re-open in the following spring.

Household Hazardous Waste


  • What do I do with household batteries?
    Household batteries no longer contain mercury; therefore, can be put in the trash. Rechargeable batteries bring to household hazardous waste drop-offs. For details see Hazardous Waste section.  

Computer Monitors and Appliances

Public Works collects computer monitors, TVs, and air conditioners, stoves, and refridgerators for recycling. Please call Sanitation for an appointment at (617) 635-7574 or via e-mail: trashtvcrt@cityofboston.gov.  

  • Computer Monitors and Appliances must be put next to the mail box in front of the building on Quint Ave, not in the trash area to be picked up by the city.

I have reusable doors, windows, bathroom fixtures etc. Can I recycle these?

If they are in good condition, please donate them to the Boston Materials Resource Center at 617-442-8917.  

Here is a site where you can find recycling centers near you and other information: