Earlier start planned for city trash/recycling pick-ups

Bostonians will need to adjust their “take-out-the-trash” timeline a bit starting next month. The city of Boston will roll out a new start time of 6 a.m. for waste and recycling pick-ups starting on July 1. The earlier start time will give workers “a jumpstart on their day-long collection efforts,” according to Mayor Martin Walsh. The current citywide time for collection is 7 a.m. Residents will not see any change to the day of trash/recycling pick-ups in most of the city, except in the North End.

“It is our hope that by making these changes to our trash collection efforts, we will be able to more efficiently and more effectively meet the demand for these services and keep our neighborhoods clean for all,” the mayor said in a statement.

Walsh said the earlier start will help ease congestion during peak rush times. He encouraged residents to utilize tools like the City’s free “Trash Day” app to search a directory of hundreds of household items to find out the right way to dispose of them while on the go or at home.