Recycling Center

Resident dropping off food scraps at Recycling Center.

The Recycling Center is located at 147 Hampshire Street in the back right corner of the Public Works' yard. We are open: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4:00pm - 7:30pm and Saturdays: 9:00am - 4:00pm. Map of the Center. The yard is closed to the public at all other times. The Center is open to Cambridge residents only and small businesses and non-profit organizations in Cambridge with 50 employees or fewer. Use of the Center is free of charge. Materials that small businesses/non-profits can bring are marked by *.

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Accepted Items:

  • Batteries (non-alkaline only)
  • Binders (good condition, for reuse)
  • Books (residents are welcome to take up to 10 books per visit)
  • Bottles & Cans*
  • Bubble Wrap* & Air Pillows* (place with plastic bags)
    (with plastic bags)
  • Cardboard Boxes*
  • CDs, DVDs, Video Games (in original packaging)
  • Cell Phones
  • Christmas Trees (bare, no stands, decorations or bags) through January 31, 2018
  • Electronics and Cords (no computer monitors or TVs)
  • Flags
  • Fluorescent Bulbs*
  • Food Scraps (residents only)
  • Metal Items* (no sealed containers or large appliances)
  • Motor oil (available at caged area under parking shelter by corner of Tremont & Hampshire - also during business hours) 
  • Paper*
  • Plastic Bags* (detailed list)
  • Plastics, Large Items* (laundry baskets, crates, toys, etc.)
  • Small Appliances (any small appliance with a cord or battery-operated device that one person can lift. Large appliances and A/C's, dehumidifiers, and water coolers, must be scheduled for curbside pickup, permit needed.)
  • String Lights
  • Styrofoam Packing Peanuts (no block Styrofoam, no cellulose peanuts)
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • Toner & Ink Cartridges

Items NOT Accepted

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Recycling Center Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm  
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm