Food and Cooking Oil

Food Scraps & Compostable Paper Goods
There are many options for composting in Cambridge. Drop-off food scraps. Compost in your backyard or indoors with wormsCurbside collection is available to residences Monday's collection route with twelve or fewer units and City trash service. View a list of certified compostable products

Cooking Oil
Small Quantities: Pour into a can or jar with lid, store until full and place in trash. Large Quantities: Free collection from restaurants through the MA Alternative Fuel Foundation. Get paid for your oil from Lifecycle Renewables. Fee-based collection through Save That Stuff or Green Grease Monkey.

Donate Edible Food
Food For Free rescues food for redistribution. 
Food Not Bombs, fnbboston@gmail.com now located in Boston, donate unopened food and toiletries.


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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