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Boston, MA     Bags  What to Recycle?  |  Program Background  |  FAQs

In 2009, the City of Boston’s Public Works Department (PWD) launched the Recycle More campaign in order to increase its recycling efforts and reduce the amount of trash the City pays to throw away. At that time, PWD provided residents with big, blue, wheeled, recycling carts into which residents could throw all their recycling, including paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal containers.

For residents that live downtown and in other neighborhoods that find it difficult to use these big recycling carts due to space constraints,  PWD allows residents in these neighborhoods to use designated clear plastic bags for their recycling instead of the bins, making it easier than ever for all Boston residents to continue their recycling efforts.


To participate, residents can easily buy the official City of Boston clear plastic recycling bags in many neighborhood stores throughout the Boston area. (Local retailers receive these bags directly from WasteZero, a PWD-authorized firm who manufactures and distributes trash and recycling bags nationwide.)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


More Information

For more information, please contact the City of Boston Department of Public Works.


Department of Public Works

1 City Hall Square, Room 714

Boston, MA 02201


City Hall hotline: 617-635-4500


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