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.