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Cambridge Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday April 3

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The first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Cambridge for 2021 will be held on Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at 50 Mooney Street. Additional 2021 dates include June 12, August 21, and October 30.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place and participants should remain in their vehicle and follow directions from the staff who will only collect waste from the trunk of vehicles . Due to physical distancing rules, staff will not retrieve items from the backseat of vehicles. Residents should leave items that they do not wish to dispose of at home. We strongly recommend reviewing the items accepted before attending.

Accepted items include: 

  • Batteries: Vehicle & Non-Alkaline
  • Car Fluids: Antifreeze, Brake, Engine Degreaser, Transmission
  • Car Tires (max four per household)
  • Chemicals: Cleaners, Glues, Removers, Photography & Swimming Pool
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Mercury Items: Thermometers & Thermostats
  • Paints: Oil-Based & Latex
  • Poisons: Insecticides, Pesticides & Weed Killers
  • Prescription Medicines (also accepted year-round at Cambridge Police Dept. 125 Sixth St.)
  • Propane Cylinders (20 lbs. or less only)
  • Waste Fuels: Antifreeze, Gasoline, Kerosene, Sterno & Motor Oil
  • Fire Extinguishers 

Items not accepted include: 

  • NO Alkaline Batteries
  • NO Ammunition, Fireworks & Explosives (contact Cambridge Fire Dept. at 617-349-3300)
  • NO Asbestos (requires proper disposal)
  • NO Bleach or Ammonia
  • NO Commercial/Industrial Waste
  • NO Construction Debris
  • NO Empty Aerosol Cans
  • NO Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • NO Infectious or Biological Waste
  • NO Radioactive Waste
  • NO Smoke Detectors
  • NO Syringes (contact Cambridge Public Health Dept. at 617-665-3848) 

The Cambridge Recycling Center located at 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge accepts many of the above items not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day. Hours of operation for the Recycling Center are Tuesday, 4:00-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. COVID-19 safety protocols are currently in place. Learn more at Cambridgema.gov/hazardouswaste.

Page was posted on 3/18/2021 12:19 PM
Page was last modified on 7/25/2023 3:39 AM
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