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Recycling Center

Public Works

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 and Thursdays, 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
  • Food Scraps - no liquids, grease or non-compostable take-out containers
  • Metal Items - no sealed containers, no appliances
  • Motor Oil - secured in a container with a tight cap
  • Packing Peanuts - no dissolving cornstarch peanuts
  • 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
  • Swap Shelf Items - Household goods in good condition like dishes, glasses, utensils, toys, picture frames, jewelry, etc. No food, hazardous waste, baby items, car seats, sports equipment, toiletries, CDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or candles

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

Book Exchange

There is a book swap (limit of taking 10 per visit) and swap shelves for good-condition small household goods. Residents may also take packing peanuts, plastic bags, cords and 3-ring binders. No rummaging of other items. 

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Page was last modified on 10/10/2019 8:36 AM
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