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2019 leaf and yard waste schedule

We pick up leaf and yard waste from May to December on scheduled days. We also hold drop-off events during the year, but we don't have any more events for 2019.

Please note: Leaf and yard waste will not be collected curbside on non-collection weeks.

Have questions? Contact:

Public Works
BOSTON, MA 02201
Download the schedule:

Christmas tree pickups

We pick up Christmas trees during the first two full weeks of January to be shredded for compost. If you have two recycling days, we pick up trees on your first recycling day.

Please place your trees on the curb by 6 a.m., without ornaments or lights.

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2019 leaf and yard waste dates


Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10 (curbside pickup)

Monday, May 20 - Friday, May 24 (curbside pickup)


Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7 (curbside pickup)

Monday, June 17  - Friday, June 21 (curbside pickup)


Monday, July 8  - Friday, July 12 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, July 14 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, July 28 (Yard waste drop-off)


Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, August 11 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 23 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, August 25 (Yard waste drop-off)


Sunday, September 8 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, September 22 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, September 23 - Friday, September 27 (curbside pickup)


Sunday, October 6 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11 (curbside pickup)

Monday, October 14 - Saturday, October 19 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, October 20 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, October 21 - Friday, October 25 (curbside pickup)

Monday, October 28 - Friday, November 1 (curbside pickup)


Sunday, November 3 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, November 4 - Friday, November 8 (curbside pickup)

Monday, November 11 - Saturday, November 16 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, November 17 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, November 18 - Friday, November 22 (curbside pickup)

Monday, November 25 - Saturday, November 30 (curbside pickup)


Monday, December 2 - Friday, December 6 (curbside pickup)

Leaf and yard waste tips

  • Place leaves and yard debris in large paper bags or open barrels labeled YARD WASTE. Do not use plastic bags.  
  • Tie branches with string. The maximum size for branches is three feet with a one-inch diameter. Do not put branches in barrels. 
  • Starting on July 1, 2019, we begin collections at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. Please place your barrels, bags, and branches curbside by 6 a.m.
  • If you have two recycling days each week, yard waste collection is on the first recycling day of the week.
  • Christmas trees are picked up during the first two full weeks of January on your first recycling day and shredded for compost. The trees should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. without ornaments or lights.