Boston provides residents with curbside collection for recycling of metal, glass, plastic, and paper. No need to sort your recyclables, we accept all items in one bin with our single stream service. Be sure to check what is accepted before putting recyclables in the blue bin.
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Trash and recycling app
Use a large recycling cart
If you live in a building with six units or less, you can request a free large blue recycling cart from the City. You can request a cart through BOS:311:
Convert trash can into recycling bin
You can turn a trash can into a recycling bin with a sticker from 311. The bin should be smaller than 32 gallons and needs a sticker.
No plastic bags
Do not put recyclables in plastic grocery bags, or line your curbside recycling bin with plastic trash bags. Heavy-duty clear plastic bags are only allowed if you do not have enough space for a blue wheeled cart. If you have questions, call 3-1-1.
Big Residential Buildings (7+ Units)
We offer recycling to residents in buildings with seven or more units.
Ask your property manager, landlord, or condo trustees to call 311 and work out a recycling program for the building. Your building manager will give you a written notice about a new program.
Your building manager needs to buy recycling containers known as carts that range in size from 64 to 96 gallons. You can mix paper, bottles, cans, and plastic containers in the carts.
If you are a business interested in recycling for buildings with seven units or more, you need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.