Boston provides mixed curb-side recycling pickup services for residents. Our recycling program may vary from other cities. It is important that we all do our best to only recycle items that are accepted by Boston’s recycling program. Read on to learn more about recycling in Boston.
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You can search what's recyclable in Boston by using our recycling search tool. When in doubt, search it!
Use a large recycling cart
If you live in a building with six units or less, you can request a free large blue recycling cart from the City. You can request a cart through BOS:311:
Convert trash can into recycling bin
You can turn a trash can into a recycling bin with a sticker from 311. The bin should be smaller than 32 gallons and needs a sticker.
No plastic bags
Do not put recyclables in plastic grocery bags. Heavy-duty clear plastic bags are only allowed if you do not have enough space for a blue wheeled cart in the following neighborhoods: Back Bay / Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and Downtown, East Boston, Fenway, Mission Hill, North End, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, and West End.
Trash and recycling app
Search how to recycle right on your phone.
With our free Trash Day app you can search a directory of hundreds of household items to find out if they're recyclable. You can also view a calendar for your home's collection dates, set reminders, and get notifications of schedule changes.
Big Residential Buildings (7+ Units)
We offer recycling to residents in buildings with seven or more units.
Ask your property manager, landlord, or condo trustees to call 311 and work out a recycling program for the building. Your building manager will give you a written notice about a new program.
Your building manager needs to buy recycling containers known as carts that range in size from 64 to 96 gallons. You can mix paper, bottles, cans, and plastic containers in the carts.
If you are a business interested in recycling for buildings with seven units or more, you need to contact email@example.com.