Recycling Center

Resident dropping off food scraps at Recycling Center.

The Recycling Center is located at 147 Hampshire Street in the back right corner of the Public Works' yard. We are open: Tuesdays & Thursdays:  4:00pm - 7:30pm and Saturdays:  9:00am - 4:00pm. Map of the Center. The yard is closed to the public at all other times. The Center is open to Cambridge residents only and small businesses and non-profit organizations in Cambridge with 50 employees or fewer. Use of the Center is free of charge. Materials that small businesses/non-profits can bring are marked by *.

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Accepted Items:

  • Batteries (non-alkaline only)
  • Books (3-ring binders in good condition OK, Residents are welcome to take up to 10 books per visit.)
  • Cardboard Boxes*
  • Cell Phones 
  • Electronics and Small Appliances (Residents only. Any small appliance with a cord or battery operated device that one person can lift. No computer monitors, no TVs. Large appliances must be scheduled for curbside pickup.)
  • Flags
  • Food Scraps (residents only)
  • Metal Items* (no sealed containers or large appliances)
  • Mercury Items (fluorescent bulbs*, thermometers, thermostats)
  • Packing Peanuts (no block Styrofoam, no cellulose)
  • Paper* 
  • Plastic Bags* (detailed list)
  • Plastics, Large Items* (laundry baskets, crates, toys, etc.)
  • String Lights
  • Toner & Ink Cartridges

 Items NOT Accepted

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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