0.7 min readBy Published On: May 15th, 2012Categories: Features5 Comments on Clear and Simple


If you haven’t received them yet, you will be South Boston.  The City of Boston has new recycling clear plastic bags and they want you to use them.   Tight city living spaces and lack of back yards made the ginormous blue recycle bins on wheels seem less than ideal for recycling.  But city recyclers can now rejoice!  The new handy-dandy clear bags can be stored easily, prevent litter with its draw string closure, and are much lighter than the recycling bins.  So now you have no excuse not to recycle.

If you run out of clear recycle bags, you can purchase them at participating stores. 

For more information visit www.wastezero.com/boston

Insider’s tip:  Use your old big blue recycling bin on wheels as a space saver next winter! 



  1. Sean May 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Some parts of the city have already implemented this.  I found that a Double Bin trash can work great.  We use white bags on the trash side and clear on the recycle.  



  2. Tricia May 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    If you check the website there are no local stores in Southie participating. Do you if there are plans to change this?

  3. ChelleRenee May 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Can we still use our bins, does anyone know?  Will tey stop taking them at some point?

  4. Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    seems like more of a waste than the old, smaller recycling bins. Now every week they are throwing away a plastic bag, and you have to BUY them if you want more. Not to mention, the can collectors will surely rip them open instead of untying them to get the cans. 

    If you live in the city, You can use any container you want for your recycle, as long as it is marked “Recycle” on the container. Old rubbermade bins, those “keg buckets”, etc would all probably make decent recycle bins. I would bet that cutting a good portion of the top of those new recycle bins would make for a nice little recycle bin using the bottom part ;)

  5. Theresa May 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    You made all in the City use recycle bins and now the are now good. What a waste and now we have to use plastic bags at our own expenses. Is it that the Reycycle Companiies don’t want them or what? It is going to cost a family whose has a houseful quite a bit of money for the bags and they could buy food to put on the table and use the rycycle bins.


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