2012 January Recycling eNewsletter


Curbside Collection Schedule 2012

During winter, clear snow to curb. Do not place barrels or toters behind snow banks. Ensure that the sidewalk is completely clear for pedestrians, including wheelchairs and strollers. For more on how to clear sidewalks, click here. Thank you!

Recycling, trash, and yard waste is weekly on the same day. Yard waste collection starts April 1 through December 10-14. Set out by 7am on collection day or after 6pm the night before. No trash in plastic bags the night before. Holidays delay weekly collection by one day. Check the online schedule for 2012 holidays including President’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Missed Trash or Recycling… Use iReport

If you think your recycling, trash, or yard waste was missed, use iReport, the city’s new online and mobile app! Please submit your request no later than 12 noon the day after collection on iReport, or call DPW at 617-349-4800. Please keep your material at the curb. iReport also lets you report potholes, graffiti, unshovelled sidewalks, rodent sightings, and defective streetlights.

Hazardous Waste Collections

2012 dates: April 21, July 21 and October 20 from 9am-1pm at the parking lot on Field St at Fern St by Danehy Park. Cambridge residents only. Click here for info on materials accepted, alternative options and items you can bring to the Recycling Center during open hours. Please dry out latex paint and put out for regular trash pickup, lids off. Let evaporate outside or add kitty litter to speed up drying.

Really? I Can Donate All Clothing & Textiles?

Yes! You can donate all of the following to clothing drop-off boxes, Goodwill and the Salvation Army as long as it's dry and clean. It's OK if items are torn, stained, broken or missing something. Even paint, wine and food stains are OK. Tie shoes together or wrap with a rubber band. YES: pants, shorts, shirts, pajamas, t-shirts, jerseys, sweatshirts, sweatpants, sweaters, jeans, dresses, skirts, coats, jackets, suits, undergarments, bras, socks, flip-flops, boots, shoes, slippers, belts, ties, purses, hats, bed sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, curtains, drapes, table linens, stuffed animals, and fabric scraps. NO: Just no dirty rags, nothing wet, nothing soiled, no carpets, no rugs, no mildewed items. Click here for a map of clothing donation drop boxes and thrift stores in Cambridge. Please check with other consignment stores on what they accept.

Did you know that the average American throws out 70 lbs of clothing and textiles annually, making up 5% of the trash! Wearable clothing is used by people worldwide, damaged clothing is recycled into wiping rags, and everything else is processed back into fibers remanufactured into paper, yarn, insulation, carpet padding, sound proofing, etc. Learn more about textile recycling…

Tell 5 People to Stay in the Loop!

We hope to get at least 500 more Cambridge residents to sign up for our eNewsletter by June 1st, and we need your help. Please tell friends, neighbors, and family in Cambridge to stay in the loop and be the first to know about program updates, special collections, and volunteer opportunities. To subscribe, just email recycle@cambridgema.gov. Thanks for your support and participation!

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