Household Hazardous Waste

The City of Cambridge will hold four (4) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Days in 2015. Cambridge residents only. You must bring proof of residency. If you have no proof of residency or property managers bringing more than 25 pounds or 25 gallons from a Cambridge residential building, please email recycle@cambridgema.gov in advance. Please see below for dates and locations.

 Date      Time  Location 
Saturday, April 11 9am-1pm To be determined
Saturday, June 6 9am-1pm To be determined
Saturday, September 12 9am-1pm  To be determined
Saturday, October 17 9am-1pm To be determined

Field Street  (MAP)
Volpe Transportation (MAP)

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Accepted Items

  • Batteries: Vehicle & Non-Alkaline
  • Car Fluids: Antifreeze, Brake, Engine Degreaser, & Transmission
  • Car Tires (max four per household) 
  • Chemicals: Cleaners, Glues, Removers, Photography & Swimming Pool
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Mercury Items: Thermometers & Thermostats
  • Paints: Oil-Based & Latex
  • Poisons: Insecticides, Pesticides & Weed Killers 
  • Prescription Medicines (also accepted year-round at Police Dept. 125 Sixth St)
  • Propane Cylinders (20 lbs.or less only) 
  • Waste Fuels: Antifreeze, Gasoline, Kerosene, Sterno & Motor Oil (motor oil also accepted year-round at DPW)

Items NOT Accepted

  • NO Alkaline Batteries
  • NO Ammunition, Fireworks & Explosives (call Fire Dept. at 617.349.3300)
  • NO Asbestos (requires proper disposal)
  • NO Bleach or Ammonia
  • NO Commercial/Industrial Waste
  • NO Construction Debris
  • NO Empty Aerosol Cans
  • NO Fire Extinguishers
  • NO Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • NO Infectious or Biological Waste
  • NO Radioactive Waste
  • NO Smoke Detectors
  • NO Syringes (call Health Department at 617.665.3848)

Can't Make the Next Collection?

  • Remember that the Recycling Center accepts non-alkaline batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mercury items and motor oil.
  • Cans of latex paint may be dried out and set out for curbside trash collection, with the lids off.  Let evaporate outside or add kitty litter to speed drying.
  • Ask a neighbor to bring your items to the collection. 
  • Bring items to Clean Harbors in Braintree, (781) 380-7100, 1 Hill Ave (off Quincy Ave).  Small fee per pound.  Saturday mornings from May-October.  Call for details.
  • Bring items to Minuteman Hazardous Waste Facility in Lexington. (781) 862-0500.  Fee based on quantity.  2014 collections from 9am-2pm: April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, Sunday September 14, October 18, November 8.

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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