Christmas Trees

Weather permitting, bare trees will be collected from residents for recycling on your regular collection day from December 29, 2014 - January 16, 2015.  Remove stand and all decorations. Do not put in a plastic bag. Place bare trees at the curb by 7am on collection day or after 6pm the night before.

Residents can also bring bare trees to the Recycling Center during open hours (Tues/Thurs 4pm-7:30pm and Sat 9am-4pm) from December 27, 2014 - January 31, 2015.

Recycling Christmas trees prevents them from getting buried in the landfill. Trees are recycled into mulch. Every year, City residents recycle thousands of trees.

Thinking about gifts for the holidays? Let’s make celebrations less focused on stuff and more about family, fun, and friends. We can give handmade, secondhand, nonmaterial, and truly meaningful gifts. After all, your favorite gifts don't always fit in a box. Events should be joyful and meaningful and not occasions that generate stress, waste, and debt.

  • Give experience gifts (tickets to a show, gift certificates for dinner, massage, or museum).
  • Give gifts of time (babysit, make dinner).
  • Donate to a charity or non-profit in their name.
  • Do It Yourself (DIY). Make a something old something new.
  • Give others a “gift exemption card”.
  • Send E-cards.
  • Give rechargeable batteries.

For more ideas see resources from the Center for a New American Dream: Simplify the Holidays Guide and SoKind, a new online, customizable registry that’s user friendly, visually appealing and fun. You can create a personalized registry to make any celebration truly unique and meaningful by asking for gifts of time, experience, and skill, as well as traditional material gifts and secondhand items.

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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