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City of Boston Fall Leaf Collection 2013, Oct 15 - Nov 30

City of Boston Fall Leaf Collection 2013The City of Boston is promoting more sustainable living by encouraging residents to compost their leaves and yard waste.  In other words, don't place this organic material into the regular trash pickup or it will go to a landfill or other secondary form of waste reclamation. or disposal

Yard waste is perfect for making compost.  Takes about one year from start to finish.  What you get is "compost" not dirt but it is a wonderfully rich enhancement to soil.  Putting yard waste into "the trash" is like throwing away gold.

So here is what the City says about YOUR yard waste.  It WILL be used to create compost for use in the city's community gardens.  In addition, the City is working with Boston Building Resources to provide residents a site for procuring their own composting equipment - compost bins and kitchen scrap buckets. 

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

If you don't have time to compost your leaves or yard debris, Boston Public Works Department will. We will collect your leaves and yard waste on your recycling day and use it as natural fertilizer for Boston's community gardens.

  • Place leaves, and yard debris in large paper leaf bags or open barrels labeled "yard waste" (no plastic bags).
  • Yard Waste stickers for barrels are available by calling 617-635-4500 or placing an online service request (up to 2 stickers available per household).
  • Tie branches with string, 3' maximum length. Do not put branches in barrels.
  • Put barrels, bags and branches on the curb by 7:00 AM on your Recycling Day, between the collection dates listed below.
  • Yard waste will not be collected with trash during this period.
  • Yard waste in plastic bags will also not be collected.
  • Place your yard waste, prepared per the instructions above, on the curb by 7am on your recycling day, throughout the dates indicated below.

Collection Dates

Fall 2013 leaf and yard waste collection period will run: October 15 - November 30, 2013

*Yard waste will not be collected for 2 weeks prior to the leaf collection (September 30 through October 14). Please hold on to your yard waste until collection begins the week of October 15.

More information:  http://www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/wastereduction/yardwaste.asp

Where to buy Composting Equipment

City of Boston Public Works Department purchases compost bins and sells them at a discounted price at the Boston Building Resources.
Compost bin $50 • Kitchen-scrap bucket $10

Boston Building Resources
100 Terrace Street
Mission Hill Roxbury
Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM to 3 00 PM,

Fill a compost bin with leaves, yard debris, certain food scrap, and within a year, they compost into highly nutritious dirt. Kitchen scrap bucket has a handle and lid and holds 7 liters. It's a clean and convenient way to collect food scraps for your compost bin.

For more information, call the Mayor's Hotline:  617-635-4500
or visit:  http://www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/recycling/composting

Thomas M. Menino, Mayor
Joanne Massaro, Commissioner Public Works Department

Posted: October 5, 2013     Nancy J Conrad

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