Moving Tips


  1. BOXES: Recycle clean boxes in the curbside program. Flatten or nest boxes when possible. No need to cut it down. Place in recycling bin or neatly next to one. No packing peanuts or plastic wrap. Review the full list of what to recycle in the curbside program here.
  2. PACKING PEANUTS: accepted at UPS Stores during open hours. Place all other Styrofoam in the trash.
  3. PLASTIC WRAP, BUBBLE WRAP, & BAGS: Bring to the Recycling Center, Harvest Coop, Market Basket, Shaws, Star Market, or Whole Foods. Bags must be empty, clean, and dry.
  4. LARGE RIGID, PLASTIC ITEMS: Recycle plastic plant pots, laundry baskets, crates, 5-gallon pails, broken toys, in curbside program.
  5. CLOTHING, FURNITURE, & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: Donate! See our flyer and map which shows many clothing drop boxes, thrift stores & consignment shops and second hand stores! Note that Goodwill, Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Planet Aid will even accept clothing & textiles that are torn, stained, broken or missing something. If it’s not wearable, damaged clothing is recycled into wiping rags and everything else is processed back into fibers used to make paper, yarn, insulation, carpet padding, and sound proofing.
  6. BOOKS: Place in a cardboard box or plastic bag and donate! Recycle any books with water damage or mold. 
         Recycling Center accepts all books, CDs, DVDs, and Video Games. 
        The Cambridge Public Library accepts hardcover books in excellent condition that are currently on the Boston Globe or New York Times bestseller lists, and that currently have holds for patrons. There is a cost to process additions to the collection, so there are limits to what is accepted. They cannot provide receipts, nor return any donated item. 
         Boomerangs, 563 Mass Ave, No textbooks or encyclopedias. 
         Boston Family Shelter, 656 Mass Ave, Boston, French, Spanish and Creole books needed, especially children’s books. No large donations, over 30 books. 
         CASPAR Shelter, 240 Albany St. Only books in good condition. No children's books. 
         Goodwill, 520 Mass Ave or 230 Elm (Somerville). Books, records, tapes, CDs, DVDs 
         Homeless Services/Friends of Boston’s Homeless, (617) 534-2526, ext. 46130 or dial 0, Especially interested in receiving books for adults and older teenagers. 
         Massachusetts General Hospital, (617) 726-8540 Hours: M – F, 8:30 – 7pm. Books for adults (general interest, nothing obscure) and magazines within 3 months of release.
         Mount Auburn Hospital, (617) 499-5016, Volunteer Office, South Building. Call before making donations. Book shelves are often full.

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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