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City Adds Summer Leaf and Yard Waste Pickups

Mayor Marty Walsh has been open-handed in the first months of his term, promising more money for libraries, the Main Street business development program and now extra leaf and yard waste pickups.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Walsh announced Tuesday the city would add four summer pickups to the usual spring and fall collections. We’ve got a query in to his office on how much the extra collections will cost and will update this item when we find out.

Spring leaf and yard waste collections begin next week. They run for the following weeks:

  • April 28
  • May 5
  • May 12
  • May 19 (ends Friday, May 23)

The summer collections will be the weeks of:

  • June 16
  • July 14
  • Aug. 11
  • Sept. 15

You probably know the drill, but here’s a reminder from the city of the rules:

  • Place leaves and yard debris in large paper leaf bags or open barrels labeled “yard waste” (no plastic bags). Yard waste stickers for barrels are available by calling 617-635-4500, or by request online.
  • Tie branches with string: 3′ maximum length, 1″ maximum diameter. Do not put branches in barrels.
  • Barrels, bags and branches should be placed on curb by 7 a.m. on recycling day during the 4-week spring collection, April 28 through May 23.

For more information, check out this page on the city’s website.