The City of Boston is dedicated to reducing our waste. You can help by participating in our waste reduction programs and by managing your waste responsibly. Remember to think about if an item can be reused, recycled, or donated before you throw it in the trash. Learn more about how to reduce your waste on our Zero Waste page.
Recycle Before You Trash
Before you toss something in the trash, think about if it can be recycled. If you need help, you can search what's recyclable in Boston by using our recycling search tool. When in doubt, find out!
Trash and recycling app
Search how to recycle right on your phone.
With our free Trash Day app you can view a calendar for your home's collection dates, set reminders, and get notifications of schedule changes. You can also search a directory of hundreds of household items to find out if they're recyclable.