City to Pilot Curbside Food Composting and Textile Recycling Programs, Extend Residential Yard Waste Collection

On Wednesday, the city announced a wide-ranging plan with an eventual goal of having Boston be a zero waste city. The new plan includes launching a food scrap curbside composting program, extending residential yard waste options, increasing environmental education and more. "By implementing Boston's first zero waste plan, we will be a healthier and greener city for future generations to come," said District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley, Chairman of the Council's Environment, Sustainability and Parks Committee. "I am proud to have spearheaded the Council's efforts to institute curbside composting and textile recycling programs in the city of Boston and I look forward to seeing these programs develop even further." O'Malley added that expanding Boston's composting program will improve Boston's recycling rate, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, while working toward carbon neutrality.


Compost Compendium

Conor Guidarelli, Horticulturist, Arnold Arboretum

Thursday, June 6, 6:00–8:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape

Horticulturist Conor Guidarelli manages the Arnold Arboretum’s organic materials recycling area and has recently improved the production and quality of the resulting compost. Conor will discuss the components of compost and the nutrients that can be returned to a site when compost is applied. He will explain the mix of brown to green materials, moisture, and aeration. Class participants will start in the classroom and then travel to the Arboretum’s materials yard to see compost in various stages of development. Fee $20 member, $30 nonmember

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Detail from map for the 2013 JP Open Studios

JP Open Studios is This Weekend

Hello neighbors. It's your Monday edition of the Morning Memo for all things JP. JP Open Studios is This Weekend: That rite of fall, JP Open Studios, is Saturday and Sunday. It's your chance to see dozens of local artists and their latest creations. (And, you know, buy some local art.) Here's this year's map.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

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. 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