The circular economy is part of Boston’s move towards zero waste. Find out more about it and how you can do your part.Read more
Buy Nothing groups across Boston model reuse and generosity, building relationships while they reduce waste.Read more
Learn about the City’s zero waste goal and what it means for you.Read more
The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council hosted their first fix-it clinic last month, and it was a huge success!Read more
The City of Boston is committed to reducing waste by increasing recycling and reuse, and diverting organics. By keeping these valuables out of Boston's waste stream, we can collectively save money, create local jobs, and improve the environment. The City also welcomes innovative strategies to stop waste before it starts; that can include reducing consumption, comprehensive waste education, or new technologies to replace wasteful processes.
Project Oscar is Boston’s first 24-hour community compost pilot program. The Oscar compost bins provide members of the community with a place to drop off food waste. There are currently six community compost bins around the city!
Compost at Home
Boston residents can compost at home. (Boston residents qualify for subsidized compost bins and buckets).
Zero Waste Planning Process
The City is exploring a zero waste plan for municipal solid waste, which could include more robust recycling policies, composting programs, and garbage disposal installation. Stay tuned for an opportunity to join the zero waste planning process--the best way stay informed is by joining our newsletter.
Recycling in Boston
Public Works ensure that Boston’s streets, sidewalks, and bridges are safe, clean and attractive. They manage residential garbage collection and disposal, as well as curbside recycling. Knowing what can and cannot be recycled can be tricky.
- Learn more about recycling in Boston.
- Find a place to recycle materials that you aren't able to recycle curbside.
Get More Involved
For businesses, organizations, or institutions
Explore the resources from A Better City’s Sustainable Buildings Initiative for waste.
For community groups
Greenovate Neighborhoods is a great way to connect to other residents who are helping implement the City’s Climate Action Plan. Here are a few other active groups that provide resources to communities:
Continuing to reduce waste in Boston is a priority of the City and helps Boston reach its Climate Action goals. Boston's zero waste planning process will work with a broad range of stakeholders to develop a zero waste plan that will support waste reduction as well as increase opportunities for reuse and re-manufacturing.
We can reduce waste and build community when we shift our economy and culture to better support sharing.
Can you think of items you would use on occasion and borrow from a neighborhood spot, community center, or library? We're conducting research for a possible citywide item-share and reuse program that may be of interest to Bostonians.Read more
This past weekend, Greenovate Boston hosted its first community yard sale. Over 25 yard sales officially participated in the event by registering online at YardSale.GreenovateBoston.org. The weekend-long event sought to promote the reuse and recycling of goods, and reduce the amount of bulk waste sent to the curb. It is one of many new steps the City is taking to help reduce solid waste and bolster recycling efforts in Boston.Read more
Mayor Walsh said it best: “Disposing of bulk waste comes at a significant cost to the City…Yard sales are a great way for residents to divert waste, save money, and even get to know your neighbors better.” That is why Greenovate Boston is hosting the city's first ever Community Yard Sale on June 28 and 29. In preparation for this event, we were doing some research on yard sales, and surprisingly (or not), we found some interesting facts worth sharing.Read more