Yard Waste

Separate yard waste collection begins the first FULL week in April and continues through the second FULL week of December.  2009 dates: April 6 - December 18.  2010 dates: April 5 - December 17.  Set out yard waste by 7am on your regular collection day, or after 6pm the night before. If your yard waste was not picked up and is properly prepared, call 617.349.4800 by 12 noon the following day. During holiday weeks, collection is one day behind. Click here for the route map and holiday schedule.

Yard waste is not accepted in plastic bags by recycling or rubbish crews. Place yard waste in barrels marked with City-issued stickers facing the street, or in lawn refuse bags sold in most hardware stores. Barrels and bags must be set on the curb apart from the trash. Do not staple or tape bags. Bundle small twigs and branches with string. Call 617.349.4800 for stickers.

Accepted Materials
Yard waste is banned from landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts and is composted locally. 

  • Leaves
  • Grass
  • Plants
  • Shrub Prunings & Twigs (no more than 1 inch in diameter and 3 feet in length)
  • Pumpkins
  • Thick Limbs (3 tied bundles per week, no more than 3 feet in length and diameter)

Unaccepted Materials
You must call a private hauler for these items:

  • No Trash
  • No Food
  • No Soil
  • No Dirt
  • No Sand
  • No Rocks
  • No Tree Stumps

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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