Zero Waste

  • Zero Waste Program and Education
    Review the Boston Public Schools System-wide Zero Waste Policy.

    Contact Katherine Walsh, or 617-635-9576, if you have questions about the BPS Zero Waste Program or need educational materials and support.


    If your school needs recycling signage, please complete and submit the BPS Zero Waste Equipment Order form. BPS Recycling staff will deliver the signage.


    Download the BPS Zero Waste Program Contacts sheet.

  • BPS OIIT manages the collection of old and recyclable IT equipment such as printers, monitors, computers, and TV’s, and ink and toner cartridges. Complete Form 57 & submit to OIIT. OIIT will schedule a vendor to pick-up the items. 

  • All hazardous waste and universal waste (lamps, batteries, mercury-containing devices, and pesticides) must be labeled according to the type of waste, must be labeled with the date of generation, and must be stored in the school’s accumulation location. Contact Jeff Lane, or 617-293-3898, to schedule a pick-up.

  • Reuse: Books, School and Art Materials, Sports Equipment, etc.
    Contact Katherine Walsh, or 617-635-9576, if your school has items such as books, school and art materials, sports equipment, etc. that can be reused, redistributed, or donated.


    All furniture waste must be reviewed by BPS Facilities Management for reuse, redistribution, or proper disposal. Contact Louise Donner, or 617-212-6375, to schedule a furniture review.


    Clothing & Textiles
    Did you know that 95% of worn and torn textiles can be recycled, but 85% ends up in landfills instead? Did you know that a number of our schools have Bay State Textile drop-off containers where you can donate clean and dry textiles?

    Please donate your worn and torn textiles to Bay State Textiles, whose containers can be found at New Mission High School, Mozart Elementary, Ohrenberger School, Kilmer Upper, and Kilmer Lower. BPS will be expanding container locations in fall 2017. If your school is interested in having a Bay State Textile container on school property, contact Katherine Walsh, or 617-635-9576.

  • Recycling Equipment
    If your school needs recycling equipment (boxes, carts, barrels, lids, wheels, or signage), please complete and submit the BPS Zero Waste Equipment Order form. BPS Recycling staff will deliver the equipment.


    Single-stream Recycling
    Most plastic, paper, and aluminum products can be recycled and picked up curbside by the Public Works Department. Learn more about what can and cannot be accepted.

    Was your curb-side recycling not picked up? Call City of Boston 311 or report through the 311 App. PWD will be notified immediately of your missed pick-up. Indicate your school, your address, and the issue you had with a missed pick up.

    Contact Wallace Morant, or 617-293-3905, if you have questions or concerns related to the trash and recycling dumpsters at your school.


    Cardboard Recycling
    All corrugated cardboard must be separated from the single-stream recycling, flattened and stacked for pickup. Cardboard is regularly collected by BPS Recycling Staff, separately from PWD’s curbside single-stream pick-up. Contact Conroy Oates, 617-828-0712, if your school needs an additional cardboard pickup or there were issues with the collection.


    Metal Recycling
    Contact Wallace Morant, or 617-293-3905, to recycle metal furniture or scrap items.


    Yard Waste
    Prior to accumulating yard waste, contact Mike DiAngelis, or 617-293-3883 to schedule a pick-up. All schoolyard waste must be bagged in compostable brown bags or in plastic barrels. All branches need to be cut into small pieces and bundled.


BPS Healthy & Sustainable Schools
Facilities Management
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02125