May 2010 Recycling E-Newsletter


May 22 Container Gardening Workshop

Have a small space and want to grow vegetables? Learn how at this FREE workshop. Saturday 5/22 from 12pm to 3pm at the Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave. Demonstrations include 12:30pm Container Gardening, and 1:30pm Indoor Composting.


Curbside Recycling Tips

  • No Styrofoam and No VCR tapes. No plastic bags or plastic film of any kind. These items damage recycling equipment. Click here for items accepted. 
  • Recycle empty milk and juice cartons. Place with your mixed paper. Don’t worry about the plastic spout. 
  • Recycle clean plastic plant pots. Place loose in your bin with other bottles/cans. 
  • Remember to rinse out glass, metal and plastic containers. No food residue. 

Thank you for recycling! By recycling helps curb climate change and saves the City money.

June 19 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Upcoming collections are Saturday, 6/19 and 10/2 from 9am-1pm at 450 Concord Ave, the Cambridge National Guard Amory. This is free to Cambridge residents. Proof of residency required. If you cannot make an upcoming collection or are moving before then, we suggest that you ask a neighbor to bring your items to the collection.

Or you can bring items to

  1. Clean Harbors at 1 Hill Ave in Braintree, (781) 380-7100. For $2.50 per pound, they accept HHW from residents on Saturdays through 10/31 from 8am-12 noon. No fire extinguishers or propane tanks. 
  2. Minuteman Hazardous Waste Facility at 60 Hartwell Avenue in Lexington
    2010 collection days are 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/19, 10/16, and 11/13. $35 for 12 gal or less, $60 for 12-25 gal and $60+ for more than 25 gal.

Please note that the Recycling Center accepts fluorescent bulbs, non-alkaline batteries, motor oil and mercury items. Click here for our location and open hours.

Volunteer for Recycling at a Festival

Volunteering is a lot of fun because you get to enjoy the festival, make sure that recycling is happening, educate the public and get a free t-shirt. You will spend time at the table and walk around the festival area to make sure recycling and trash are side by side, minimize bottles in the trash and vice versa. Some events involve working with kids. The festival recycling containers work quite well to avoid contamination.
We’d love your help for 2-3 hours at one of these festivals:

  • June 5 Riverfest, noon-6pm, Charles River
  • June 24 Taste of Cambridge, 5:30-8:30pm, (Rain date 6/19) Charles Hotel Courtyard,
  • Sept 11 Area 4 Community Pride Day, 11am-6pm, Sennott Park (Rain date 10/2)
  • Sept 12 Caribbean Festival, 12 noon-6pm, Kendall Square (Rain date Sept 19)
  • Sept 19 Urban Ag Fair, Winthrop Park in Harvard Square
  • Sept 25 Danehy Park Family Day, 11am-4pm, Danehy Park
  • Oct 10 Oktoberfest, 12 noon-6pm, Harvard Square (Rain date 10/11)
  • Nov TBA: Family Fun Day, 10am-2pm, City Hall

Roundtable Presentation to City Council about Single Stream Recycling

On Tuesday May 18, staff from the Public Works Department presented information on single stream recycling to the City Council. Single stream recycling is when residents can mix papers, cardboard, bottles and cans in the same recycling container. DPW included a proposal to switch to single stream in the FY11 budget. The Cambridge Chronicle and Cambridge Day published articles about the meeting.

How can we help you? I'd like...

Service Requests

Commonwealth Connect Promo

Cambridge citizen requests, now online & on the go! Report issues here.


Have a question?
Find the answer in our extensive
Frequently Asked Questions

Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-12 noon
24 Hour emergency 617.349.4860


Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Owen O'Riordan