Yard Waste

Proper yard waste setout

The 2016 separate yard waste collection begins April 1, 2016 and continues through December 16, 2016. Set yard waste out by 7am on your regular collection day, or after 6pm the night before. If your yard waste was not picked up and is properly prepared, call 617.349.4800 by 12 noon the day following collection, or use Commonwealth Connect. Remember that collection is delayed one day following a holiday.

Yard waste is not accepted in plastic bags. Place yard waste in barrels marked with City-issued stickers facing the street, or in lawn refuse bags sold in most hardware stores. Barrels and bags must be set on the curb apart from the trash. Do not staple or tape bags. Barrels should not exceed 32-gallons and should not weigh more than 50 pounds. Bundle small twigs and branches with string. More details below.

Looking for YARD WASTE stickers? Call DPW to request stickers at 617.349.4800 or via email.

Accepted Materials
Yard waste is banned from landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts and is composted locally.

  • Leaves
  • Grass
  • Plants
  • Shrub Prunings & Twigs (no more than 1 inch in diameter and 3 feet in length)
  • Pumpkins
  • Thick Limbs (3 tied bundles per week, no more than 3 feet in length and diameter)

Unaccepted Materials

  • No Trash
  • No Food
  • No Soil, Dirt, Sand, Rocks or Tree Stumps (call a private hauler)

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Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Recycling Center Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm  
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm