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.

Zero Waste news & updates





Project Oscar 

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!

Find out where the nearest bin is. 

Project Oscar news & updates


Compost at Home

Boston residents can compost at home. (Boston residents qualify for subsidized compost bins and buckets).

Learn about the different ways to compost and consider buying a bin today.

Compost news & updates


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. 

Sign-up to receive updates on how to participate in the process. 


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.  

 Recycling news & updates

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:

Other Resources


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. 

Reuse news & updates

Sharing Economy

We can reduce waste and build community when we shift our economy and culture to better support sharing. 

Sharing Economy news & updates