Government Health & Environment

Boston’s New Recycling Clear Bags Now Available

Sample distribution of the new recycling clear plastic bags started this week in the North End to residences with 1 to 6 units. Below is the flyer from the Public Works Department and release from City Hall. Bags are on sale at neighborhood stores, including True Value, 89 Salem Street.

Office of the Mayor
Thomas M. Menino

Boston’s new Recycling Clear Plastic Bags are now available at neighborhood stores

Mayor Menino asks residents to RECYCLING MORE!  Keep the neighborhood clean, and do something good for the environment.

You can put all your recycling in the new Boston Recycling Clear Plastic Bag!

Residents will be receiving a sample of the City of Boston’s new recycling clear plastic bag at their home in early May.

Neighborhoods with houses densely packed together, have no room to store recycling bins or carts.  Therefore, the City has allowed residents in these neighborhoods to put their bottles, cans, paper, and plastic containers in clear plastic bags.

Boston’s new recycling bags are now on sale at neighborhood stores.

Neighborhoods Allowed to Use Clear Plastic Bags for Recycling:

Back Bay                    Charlestown                East Boston                Roxbury
Bay Village                  Chinatown                  Fenway                       South Boston
Beacon Hill                 Downtown                  Mission Hill                South End
North End                   West End

No bags where you shop?

Please contact WasteZero at 617-299-8012 or  WasteZero will contact your store to carry the recycling bags.

Other questions, call the Mayor’s hotline at 617-635-4500 or visit