Boston Massachusetts Recycling Policy

Boston MA Recycling Center


Recycling Policy 

Boston Massachusetts recycling center does take a ton of items that normal recycling centers wont accept. However, if you do not place the right items into the recycling bin, they will fine you. You can place your items into a recycling bin, a clear plastic garbage bag, or into a blue bin provided by the city. This makes it very convent and easy to be able to recycle. Below is a list of items that you can and cannot recycle. Please make sure that you clean all of your recycling items. If you don't, then the majority of your recycled items will end up in the landfill. 

Materials we can recycle:

  • Newspapers (with inserts)
  • Magazines and Catalogues
  • Junk mail (remove free samples)
  • White and colored paper and brown bags
  • Telephone books
  • Paperback books
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Juice and soy milk boxes
  • Flattened food boxes
  • Flattened cardboard boxes (no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet; must be bundled and tied)
  • Glass bottles and jars (lids and labels are OK)
  • Tin and aluminum cans, foil, and pie plates (lids and labels are OK)
  • All plastic containers (Caps and lids included; no motor oil or chemical containers)
  • Cardboard and spiral cans (like potato chip, coffee, and nut cans)
  • Rigid plastics (such as laundry baskets, buckets, and toys)

What You Cannot Recycle: 

Material we can't recycle:

  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Motor oil containers
  • Chemical containers
  • Ceramics or dishes
  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass and mirrors
  • Yard waste
  • Food waste
  • Televisions
  • Computer monitors

For more information on Boston's recycle policies please check out:

Compost Policy

Boston MA doesn't have a municipal Composting System. However, they do have bins for sale and a ton of information online on how you can compost both inside and outdoors. This makes it super simple and convent for people to compost, even if they live in a studio apartment. You can also put your yard waste out to the picked up and composted. If you leave your yard waste with your garbage, it will be thrown into the landfill. For more information on how to compost please check out:

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