Containers (Glass, Metal and Plastic)

Types of glass, metal and plastic containers accepted for recycling.

With single stream recycling, you can place clean bottles, cans, paper and cardboard together in your recycling bin.  As always, please rinse containers.  No plastic bags or Styrofoam.

Accepted Items

  • Aerosol Cans  (empty)
  • Aluminum Cans, Trays & Foil
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Metal Cans
  • Milk Cartons & Juice Boxes
  • Large Plastics (buckets, laundry baskets, broken toys)
  • Stiff Plastic Containers (do NOT need to be marked #1-7)
  • Spiral Cans (potato chip, nut cans)

 Unaccepted 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