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Street Cleaning & Yard Waste Pickup Resumes in April

As the 2017 spring season approaches, several DPW services are scheduled to resume in Cambridge.

Street Cleaning
Public Works mechanically sweeps each street in Cambridge once per month, April through December (weather permitting). Signs are posted on each residential street indicating the schedule. In order to ensure that streets are properly cleaned, cars must move off the side of the street being swept to avoid being ticketed and towed. Citywide street sweeping includes twice yearly vacuum sweeping to improve storm water quality. Click here for 2017 schedule and routes.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
The City of Cambridge will hold four (4) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Days in 2017. Cambridge residents only. You must bring proof of residency. Please see below for the first scheduled date and location:

April 8         9am-1pm         Parking Lot on Field Street at Fern Street by Danehy Park 

Yard Waste Collection
In 2017, separate yard waste collection begins April 3, 2017 and continues through December 15, 2017. Set yard waste out by 7am on your regular collection day, or after 6pm the night before. If your yard waste was not picked up and is properly prepared, call 617.349.4800 by 12 noon the day following collection, email us, or use the Commonwealth Connect app. Remember that collection is one day behind on holiday weeks.

Yard waste is not accepted in plastic bags by recycling or trash crews. Place yard waste in barrels marked with City-issued stickers facing the street, or in lawn refuse bags sold in most hardware stores. Barrels and bags must be set on the curb apart from the trash. Do not staple or tape bags. Bundle small twigs and branches with string. Call DPW for stickers.

For more information on street cleaning, household hazardous waste collection, and yard waste collection, please visit

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