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Last updated: 3/16/18

Zero Waste Boston

We want to transform Boston into a zero waste city through planning, policy, and community engagement.

We will consider a variety of actions and strategies about how the City moves to zero waste. Zero waste is a transition towards material use reduction, repair, and reuse. This initiative is part of the 2014 Climate Action Plan update.


The Climate Action Plan serves as Boston's roadmap for how we will reach our greenhouse gas reduction goals. We want to make sure the City is prepared for the impacts of climate change.

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About the initiative

Zero Waste Plan Advisory Committee

Mayor Walsh has commissioned a technical study of Boston’s waste management. The study will produce recommendations for moving forward. The committee is jointly headed by the Chief of Streets and the Chief of Environment. It includes members from:

  • the community
  • businesses
  • advocacy groups, and
  • industry.

Read the agenda from the first committee meeting, see the slides, review the options, and watch the event recording.

Carbon Free Boston

The process will contribute to Carbon Free Boston, an initiative to analyze our options to go carbon neutral by 2050. Both will inform our next Climate Action Plan.

Why zero waste?

This effort can promote better health for people and their neighborhoods. We’ll also generate innovation and job growth. We can create stronger, more connected communities across Boston.

News and updates

News and updates
Mushroom packaging
Feb 23

Wrappers, boxes, and bags — Zero Waste packaging

Recycled metal
Jan 29

Zero Waste and the circular economy - it takes two

Sharing onions
Dec 19

Buy Nothing Jamaica Plain: bones, bug bling, and beautiful community

City of Boston Composting
Nov 30

How to compost in Boston