Trash and Recycling

Trash tips sheet courtesy of the NEWRA Clean Streets Committee

Click here for a larger PDF version of the Trash Tips Sheet.

Trash violations, rat sightings and snow removal issues can be reported to the City’s Hotline at 617-635-4500 or online at Repeated violations can be reported to Code Enforcement Police Officer Sgt. Chris Stockbridge at 617-635-4896 or

Residential Trash / Recycling

  • Trash is collected Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Trash must be placed for collection no laier than 7:00AM on the scheduled day and no earlier than 5:00 am the night before. Recycling is on Fridays only. If you live in large condo or apartment building, contact your landlord or property manager regarding your building’s trash collection.
  • When possible, place trash out on the morning of pick-up before 7:00am, rather than the night
    before. This will significantly reduce the opportunity for spillage of trash.
  • It is illegal to place residential trash at street corners. Trash must be placed on the curbside in
    front of your residence.
  • Properly and securely containing your trash and recycling is a critical component of keeping your neighborhood clean. By law, trash must be placed in a container with lid or a two-ply trash bag. Please note that most kitchen trash bags are too thin and not compliant.
  • The North End has single-stream recycling and all eligible recycling materials can now be commingled and placed out for collection in a clear two-ply plastic bag. These are available at several
    local stores. Some residences have City-provided wheeled containers for recycling. The City has formally discontinued distribution of the small recycling blue bins and encourages neighbors to use only the clear plastic bags (or wheeled containers) for their recycling.
  • It is illegal to utilize City sidewalk litter barrels for the disposal of residential/commercial trash or animal waste and carries a fine of up to $1,000 per day. Offenders may be reported to the Code Enforcement police at 617-635-3036
  • No building or construction materials shall be put out for residential collection.
  • TVs, computers, refrigerators, and air conditioners are ONLY picked up by special appointment by calling 617-635-4500 or e-mail at

More Resident Tips

Street Sweeping Program March 1- December 31
Signs are posted throughout the neighborhood indicating days/times for your street. Cars are towed if they are on the street before the sweeper goes by. The tickets carry a fine plus towing charges.

No-Tow Program – Look up your street on the City’s website for days and times and register for No-Tow™ email reminders.

Dog Licensing
Each April 1st, dog owners must license their dogs using this form and return it to Animal Control. Starting June 1st, Animal Control will use a computerized list and begin a door-to-door survey. Fines are $25 for an unlicensed dog and $15 for each day the dog remains unlicensed.

Click here for the Annual Dog Licensing Form (pdf).
City of Boston Animal Control can be reached at 617-635-5348 or

Community Center:
Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet St., 617-635-5166,
      Boston Community Centers:

Common Meeting Places:
The Pilot House, Lewis Wharf, 2 Atlantic Ave
Mariner House, 11 North Square
ABCD North End/West End Service Center 1 Michelangelo St. (corner of Charter St.)
Lincoln Wharf Condominium, 357 Commercial St. – Community Room
Public Transportation
MBTA Bus No. 4
serves the North End/Waterfront along Commercial Street between North Station and South Station
T Subway Map - Haymarket and North Station stops for the Orange and Green Line
See the latest results from the monitoring program at

The companies below serve businesses and residences. Connection & disconnection orders can be placed online through their websites or by calling during business hours.

Electric – NSTAR
(800) 592-2000
NSTAR Website

Gas – National Grid (formerly Keyspan)
(617) 469-2300
(800) 233-5325
National Grid Website

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