Reduce Packaging

When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don't have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later. Changing your habits is key. There’s a ton of ways you can reduce your waste when you shop, work and play. When you reduce waste, you can save some time and money, and be good to the Earth.

Quick tips to reduce packaging:

  1. Choose products with minimal packaging, the least materials, or none at all. 
  2. Buy the largest size practical, if you’ll use it and can store it. 
  3. Drink tap water instead of bottled water. Cambridge water is safe and healthy. 
  4. Buy concentrates instead of liquids, like frozen juice or powdered detergent. 
  5. Say “no bag, thanks” whenever you can, and bring your mug.

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4800
TDD:617.499.9924

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

Ms. Randi Mail
Director of Recycling
617.349.4866
rmail@cambridgema.gov