Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates

DPW offices at 147 Hampshire St. are open to the public, by appointment only, Monday through Thursday. Appointments can be made by phone at 617-349-4800 or by email at Individual staff are also available for appointments outside of these hours as needed; please contact the office with the details of your issue, and we will coordinate with the appropriate staff member. Many DPW services can be provided online, and DPW phones are staffed 24/7 to respond to urgent concerns.

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In order to comply with social distancing practices, we’ve had to limit the number of passengers in DPW trucks. This means limited capacity for curbside collections. For this reason, we will be collecting compost bins with regular trash collection. Our Zero Waste goals are important to us, but employee and public safety comes first. We are asking that residents continue to place food scraps in the lockable GREEN BIN to protect against rodents. We will resume normal collection services as soon as we are able to do so safely.

The City provides weekly curbside pickup of household trash, recycling, and compost. Yard waste is collected April 1 through December 31st. Curbside collection is one day behind schedule following a holiday. Use the "Get Rid of it Right" tool to find your collection schedule, search for how to dispose of items, play a waste sorting game, or retrieve your street sweeping schedule. View our guide to waste collection in Cambridge for more information.

If your curbside collection was missed, please submit a report at after 4pm on your collection day.

To request recycling carts, compost supplies, flyers and other items visit CambridgeMA.Gov/RecycleSupplies.

To subscribe to DPW’s Recycling monthly Newsletter click here

To contact the Recycling Division click here.


Help us keep Cambridge clean and safe by following these tips for waste collection

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 2019, we have reduced trash by 32%. The City has developed 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 choosing to reduce and reuse, sorting waste properly, and staying tuned to the latest info in our monthly recycling newsletter.

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 that makes it difficult for you to wait until 6PM on the day before your collection day to bring your trash and recycling barrels to the curb, please contact Commission for Persons with Disabilities

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