City of Boston Leaf and Yard Waste Program Expands to Include Summer Months

The City of Boston's Department of Public Works recently announced an expansion of their Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Program.  As of April 22, 2014, the City's program now includes a once-a-month pickup during the summer months of June, July, August and September.

DPW Yard Waste Collection Program
Spring Collection
Four (4) weeks
April 28 to May 23
Summer Collection
During the weeks of
  • June 16
  • July 14
  • August 11
  • September 15
Fall Collection
Seven (7) Weeks
October 13 to November 28.
Anyone walking the Boston streets in late May was surprised to see cute little paper hangers attached to the fence and gate posts by very small rubber bands.  Bright yellow and green with red printing, the hangers simulated a falling leaf.

While such gate knockers are commonly seen in early spring and early fall, what were they doing on the fences at this time of the year? 

Great Surprise

Boston has gotten into the groove of supporting natural recycling - leaf and yard waste that a resident would ordinarily be putting out for the weekly trash haul during the summer.

So odd - that the City of Boston provided natural waste recycling services for residents cleaning up in the spring after the winter and in the fall after the leaves had descend but NOT during the summer.  Plenty of yard waste is generated in the summer from mowing the lawn, clippingSummer Collection the hedges and trimming bushes.

A BIG thanks goes out to the City's Dept of Public Works (DPW) for adding summer collection of leaf and yard waste to its spring and fall yard waste collection program. DPW will collect residents’ yard waste curbside and it will be composted.

More about 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.


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Posted: June 2, 2014    Nancy J Conrad