Greening Vehicle Maintenance

Clean Diesel, Clean Air

You might not know it, but many of the orange Public Works' trucks you see on the roads have retreaded tires, run on cleaner-burning diesel fuel, and use recycled motor and hydraulic oil, antifreeze and washer fluid.  This is all part of the Vehicle Maintenance’s green approach to its operations.   Wipe rags used to clean vehicles are made from reclaimed fabrics, many of which served as hotel window curtains in their previous lives.  The recycled rags are more economical and better for the environment. 

Recycling is also a priority in the division.  Truck and car parts at the end of their lives are recycled including batteries, engine parts, nuts, bolts, plow blades and pretty much all other metal parts.  It’s estimated that on an annual basis, 5 tons of metal parts are collected for recycling from the Vehicle Maintenance division alone.

The City is also moving towards a more fuel-efficient fleet.  Across departments, Cambridge has over 20 hybrid vehicles, and that number will continue to rise.

Did you know there are a number of simple steps you can take when maintaining or washing your car to help protect the environment?  Check out our Vehicle Maintenance Brochure for more information.

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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
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telephone 617.349.4862