News and Events


  • Spring Showers Bring Limited Time Offer on Rain Barrels

    Capture the rainwater from your roof and store it in a rain barrel for later use in your garden. Purchase a 60-gallon rainwater collection system for $69.00 now through May 27th. Delivery is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st , from 4:30 -7:00 p.m. at the Cambridge DPW yard, 147 Hampshire Street.

  • City Services During the Holiday Season

    During the week of December 18th, trash and recycling collection will be performed on a regular schedule. During the week of December 25th, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday, December 25th and collections will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.

  • City of Cambridge Seeks Members for Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force

    City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking applicants to serve on a new task force that will advise and provide guidance and feedback to a project team charged with developing a comprehensive Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP).

  • Eversource to Perform Tree Pruning Across City

    Beginning the week of December 11, Eversource's contractor will be performing circuit pruning across the City.

  • Brattle Street Bicycle Infrastructure Plans for December 8-10th

    In anticipation of winter weather this weekend, some of the permanent barriers protecting the bike lane on Brattle Street will be removed along with parking between Eliot and Church streets ahead of the snow event to facilitate better snow and ice clearance.

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Upcoming Events

  • 10:30 AM, December 16, 2017

    Urban Gardening Series: PLANTS FOR THE WINTER GARDEN

    It’s relatively easy to design a garden for the height of spring; more challenging is creating a garden that looks beautiful in the dead of winter. Come learn about the many native plants that offer winter interest and how they can help your garden shine in winter.

  • 5:30 PM, December 19, 2017

    Tree Hearing

    NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING Removal of Public Shade Trees City of Cambridge, Department of Public Works Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87, Sections 3 and 4, a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the DPW Main Conference Room at 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, Mass., to consider the removal of the following public tree(s): 1. 125 Vassar Street – Removal of 3 Chinese elms (7.6”, 6.6”, & 8.7”) for private property development and streetscape improvements. New street trees will be installed in conjunction with project and within surrounding area. The tree(s) identified above have been posted for public inspection. Any objections to their removal must be submitted in writing to the City Arborist, prior to or during the hearing. The mailing address for the City Arborist is Department of Public Works, City of Cambridge, 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139; phone: 617-349-6433 email:

  • 1:00 PM, January 20, 2018

    Urban Gardening Series: NATIVE LAWN ALTERNATIVES

    “Lawns are a soul-crushing timesuck...,” reads the headline of a recent article on According to NASA, more surface area in the U.S. is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn some of the best, environmentally friendly lawn alternatives for urban gardens.

  • 1:00 PM, February 17, 2018

    Urban Gardening Series: RAIN GARDENS

    By cleaning, cooling, and slowing runoff before it pollutes water bodies, rain gardens can play a significant role in urban and suburban areas. Learn how rain gardens work, how you can create low-tech and effective rain gardens, and which durable plants can fill them.

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