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Curbside Collections

Public Works

About Curbside Collections

The City provides weekly curbside pickup of household trash, recycling, and compost. Yard waste is collected April 1 through the second full week of December. The City is divided into five districts, to provide these services throughout the City on a five-day week, Monday through Friday. Curbside collection is always one day behind schedule following a holiday. Use the tool below to find your collection schedule, search for how to dispose of items, play a waste sorting game or retrieve your street sweeping schedule. 

Zero Waste Cambridge

The City has a goal of reducing trash by 30% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050 (from 2008 levels). As of 2017, we have reduced trash by 23%. The City is developing a Zero Waste Master Plan to develop strategies to further reduce waste while maintaining high quality services, maximize efficiency, protect employee health and safety, reduce GHG emissions and reduce costs. You can help us achieve our goals by properly sorting your waste into:

The City also offers disposal opportunities for these items:

You may also visit our Recycling Center for a safe and efficient way to dispose of items that cannot be recycled curbside.

Additional Information

All curbside carts, barrels and bins can be placed out at the curb after 6PM the night before collection or by 7AM on collection day. Trash in plastic bags may only be placed out at the curb on the morning of collection day, not the night before. All receptacles must be removed from the curb by 6PM on the day of collection.

If you have a disability-related need for an exemption to the 6PM receptacle removal requirement, please contact:

Commission for Persons with Disabilities
51 Inman St., Second Floor
Kate Thurman
617-349-4692 (voice)
617-492-0235 (TTY)

Public Works makes every effort to pick up missed collections by the end of the next day, when reported on the day it was missed. If your curbside collection was missed, please submit a report through Commonwealth Connect or call 617.349.4800.
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