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By October 21, 2019 No Comments

Composting is the practice of turning your food scraps and organic waste into nutrient-rich soil, which can then be sold or used for gardening or farming. Here are some resources on composting in Boston:

Leaf and Yard Waste: Curbside Pickup

Boston Public Works Department collects and composts residents’ leaf and yard waste. Collection starts April 1 to the first week in December, and occurs at 7:00 AM on your recycling day. Download the flyer here for more information.

Do’s and Don’ts of Collection


  • Place leaves and yard debris in large paper leaf bags or open barrels labeled “yard waste”.
  • Tie branches with string, 3′ maximum length.
  • Place barrels, bags and branches on the curb by 7:00 AM on your Recycling Day.
  • Request Yard Waste stickers for barrels by calling 617-635-4500 or placing an online service request (up to 2 stickers available per household).


  • Use plastic bags; they will not be collected.
  • Place branches in barrels.


  • If you have 2 recycling days per week, COLLECTION IS ON THE FIRST RECYCLING DAY of the week
  • Leaf and yard waste WILL NOT BE COLLECTED curbside on non-collection weeks
  • BACKYARD COMPOST BINS & KITCHEN-SCRAP BUCKETS @ DISCOUNTED PRICE – Boston Building Resources, 100 Terrace Street Mission Hill, Roxbury 617-442-2262 MON-SAT 9am-3pm

Residential Food Waste: Project Oscar, Community Composting

“Community composting” is available for people to drop off their food scraps at a communal compost container called Project Oscar