Public Area Recycling


There are over 30 recycling bins in the City's squares and parks provided to collect glass, metal and plastic containers.

The City is excited about the installation of new public area recycling receptacles in Porter, Central, Harvard, Inman, and Kendall Squares, as well as by Lechmere, Fresh Pond and other locations. The brightly colored "recycling blue" receptacles have a unique design that clearly distinguishes them from adjacent trash containers. The locations of the receptacles have been strategically sited to maximize the capture rate of recyclable beverage containers such as glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans. The artwork was designed by Public Works' staff.

Public area recycling access in Cambridge began as a public/private partnership between the City and Cambridge businesses. Individual businesses paid for a container and the City empties and maintains it. Business partners included Gravestar, Inc in Porter Square, Minuteman Press and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority in Kendall Square, MacTemps, Inc and Nantucket Nectars in Harvard Square, the Central Square Business Association in Central Square and the Cambridge Water Department at the Fresh Pond Reservation.

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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

Ms. Randi Mail
Director of Recycling