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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day


65 Waverly Street, Cambridge MA, 02139

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Michael Orr


The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Cambridge for 2023 will be held on Saturday, August 26th, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at 65 Waverly Street. The last event of the year will be on November 4th at 50 Mooney St.

Accepted items include:

  • 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 (accepted year-round at Cambridge 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) Fire Extinguishers

Items not accepted include: 

  • NO Alkaline Batteries
  • NO Ammunition, Fireworks & Explosives (contact Cambridge 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 Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • NO Infectious or Biological Waste
  • NO Radioactive Waste
  • NO Smoke Detectors
  • NO Syringes (Contact Cambridge Public Health Department at 617-665-3848)

The Cambridge Recycling Center located at 147 Hampshire Street, 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. Hours of operation for the Recycling Center are Tuesday, 4:00-7:30 p.m., Thursday, 4:00-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Learn more at Cambridgema.gov/hazardouswaste.


Page was posted on 5/8/2023 2:18 PM
Page was last modified on 7/25/2023 3:44 AM
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