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2021 leaf and yard waste schedule

We pick up leaf and yard waste from April to December on scheduled days. We also hold drop-off events during the year. 

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

Have questions? Contact:

Public Works
1 CITY HALL SQUARE, ROOM 714
BOSTON, MA 02201

2021 leaf and yard waste dates

April

Sunday, April 11 (Yard waste drop-off event)

Sunday, April 18 (Yard waste drop-off event)

Monday, April 26 - Friday, April 30 (curbside pickup)

May

Sunday, May 2 (Yard waste drop-off event)

Monday, May 10 - Friday, May 14 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, May 16 (Yard waste drop-off event)

Monday, May 24 - Friday, May 28 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, May 30 (Yard waste drop-off event)

June

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

Sunday, June 13 (Yard waste drop-off event)

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

Sunday, June 27 (Yard waste drop-off event)

July

Sunday, July 4 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, July 12  - Friday, July 16 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, July 18 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30 (curbside pickup)

August

Sunday, August 1 (Yard waste drop-off)

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

Sunday, August 15 (Yard waste drop-off)

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

Sunday, August 29 (Yard waste drop-off)

September

Sunday, September 5 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, September 13 - Friday, September 17 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, September 19 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, September 27 - Friday, October 1 (curbside pickup)

October

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

Sunday, October 10 (Yard waste drop-off)

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

Sunday, October 24 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, October 25 - Friday, October 29 (curbside pickup)

November

Monday, November 1 - Friday, November 5 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, November 7 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, November 8 - Saturday, November 12 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, November 14 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, November 15 - Friday, November 19 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, November 21 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, November 22 - Saturday, November 26 (curbside pickup)

Sunday, November 28 (Yard waste drop-off)

Monday, November 29 - Friday, December 3 (curbside pickup)

December

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

Christmas tree pickup dates

Monday, January 3 - Friday, January 7

Monday, January 10 - Friday, January 14

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. 
  • 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 6 a.m. without ornaments or lights.

2021 community garden compost requests

Public Works provides compost to community gardens at no-cost. Submit our online form by May 15, 2021, to receive your garden's compost for the 2021 season:

Compost request form

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.

Download tree recycling graphic