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NOTICE: DPW offices at 147 Hampshire St. are open to the public, by appointment only, on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by phone at 617-349-4800 or by email at theworks@cambridgema.gov. 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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Furniture, Appliance, Large Item Disposal

Public Works

Get Rid of It Right

Large appliances, electronics and other bulky waste may be disposed of curbside, however, many items require a disposal permit. Please use the "Get Rid of It Right" tool to determine if you need a permit for your item or to learn other ways to dispose of the item properly. See below for applying for a permit. 

NOTE: Mattresses require a permit for disposal (but it’s free), but must be scheduled separately. Visit cambridgema.gov/mattress to schedule your free mattress or box spring collection.


Apply for a permit using the online service below

Additional Information

Most items are scheduled for Wednesdays or Thursdays. Place items curbside by 7AM on your collection day, or after 6PM the night before. No commercial or industrial items.

Tips and FAQs

How can residents purchase a permit?

  1. Submitting the Online Appliance/Large Item Disposal Permit application.  
  2. In person at 147 Hampshire Street during business hours (Monday: 8:30am-8pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm, or Friday: 8:30am-12pm). Payments in person can be made by check, money order, cash or credit card;

What appliances or large items require a permit?

The following items require a permit and payment of a fee:

  • Air Conditioners*
  • Clothes Washers & Dryers
  • Copiers & Printers (More than 40 lbs)
  • Dehumidifiers*
  • Refrigerators* & Freezers* (must remove doors, non-commercial)
  • Stoves
  • TVs & Computer Monitors (Over 20" diagonal screen length)
  • Trash Compactors
  • Water Coolers & Heaters
  • Larger Exercise equipment (motorized)

*Freon (chlorofluorocarbons) is removed from air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers, and refrigerators in order to meet the Clean Air Act. All appliances are then sent to a local scrap metal recycling facility.

The following items require a permit for pick up, but do not require payment:

  • Exercise Equipment (small) & Bicycles (free, call ahead to schedule pick-up)
  • Lawnmowers (free, call ahead to schedule pick-up, must remove gas)
  • Radiators (free, call ahead to schedule pick-up)
  • Snow Blowers (free, call ahead to schedule pick-up, must remove gas)
  • Metal Filing Cabinets & Desks (free, call ahead to schedule pick-up)
  • Mattresses (free, but must be scheduled at CambridgeMA.Gov/Mattress)

Are there any large or bulky items that do not require a permit?

  • Carpet or lumber (residential only, up to 3 tied bundles, 3' x 3' x 1')
  • Electronics (microwaves, stereos, box fans, small printer or fax machine)
  • Furniture (couches, tables). Residents are allowed to put one piece of furniture out per week on trash day, but there are some exceptions. Please use the Get Rid of It Right tool to ensure proper disposal. 
  • Toilet or Sink (one per household on collection day)
  • Small TVs & computer monitors (20" or less diagonal screen length). Place small TVs / monitors close to curb edge by 7am on your regular collection day.
  • You may include the hard drive, keyboard, mouse and small printer or fax machine.
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