Illegal dumping

Residents are encouraged to report illegal dumping by calling the Department of Public Works at 617.349.4800 or email us

Illegal dumping into storm drains is a problem for local rivers, ecosystems, wildlife habitat and public health. Used motor oil, antifreeze, soapy wash waters, pet waste, discarded food, trash, yard clippings, cigarette butts, and other debris are just some of the items routinely dumped into storm drains throughout the city. Curbside catch basins are the entry points of the stormwater drainage system, which can discharge to either the Charles River or Alewife Brook. Additionally, catch basins filled with debris can create unhealthy conditions in residential neighborhoods by becoming a breeding ground for rats, roaches and disease.

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


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