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
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.
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).
Waste stickers for barrels are available by calling 617-635-4500 or
placing an online service request (up to 2 stickers available per
- 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.
your yard waste, prepared per the instructions above, on the curb by
7am on your recycling day, throughout the dates indicated below.
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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