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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Recycling Center

Public Works

The Recycling Center is open on Tuesdays & Saturdays ONLY. Due to COVID-19, there are extra safety protocols being implemented. Please review the changes here.

About the Recycling Center

The Recycling Center, located at 147 Hampshire St. in the back right corner of the Public Works yard, is open to all Cambridge residents looking for a safe and efficient way to dispose of items that cannot be recycled curbside. 

The hours of operation are: 

Tuesdays, 4PM-7:30PM

Saturdays, 9AM-4PM

Get Rid of It Right

To determine how an item in your household can be disposed, please use our "Get Rid of It Right" tool below. 


Accepted Items:

  • Batteries
  • Books and 3-Ring Binders
  • Cans and Bottles
  • Cardboard and Paper
  • Cell Phones
  • Flags
  • Metal Items - no sealed containers, no appliances
  • Motor Oil - secured in a container with a tight cap
  • Plastic Bags - No cling wrap or food bags (from pre-washed veggies). No bags with excess paint or glue. No compostable bags.
  • Large plastics like laundry baskets and pails
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Small Appliances and Electronics - No computers or TVs
  • String Lights

Businesses and Non-Profits

The Center is open to Cambridge residents only and small businesses and non-profit organizations in Cambridge with 50 employees or less. Dozens of items are accepted for safe and efficient disposal, but businesses and nonprofits may only bring:
  • Single-stream recyclables (paper, cardboard, cans, and bottles)
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Plastic film (for special recycling)
  • Scrap metal


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