Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates

DPW offices at 147 Hampshire St. are open to the public, by appointment only. 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.

Street Cleaning and Yard Waste Pickup Resume April 1

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Street cleaning and yard waste pickup in Cambridge will resume on Thursday, April 1, 2021. In order to ensure that streets are properly cleaned, cars must move off the side of the street being swept to avoid being ticketed and towed. The Department of Public Works mechanically sweeps streets in Cambridge once per month, from April 1 through December 31 (weather permitting).

Signs are posted on residential streets indicating the schedule, and the schedule is also available online at Cars must remain off the scheduled side of the street, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., as indicated on the sign, even if the sweeper has already made a pass down the street, since it will often return a second time. Citywide street sweeping also includes twice yearly vacuum sweeping.

Yard waste collection begins April 1, 2021 and continues through December 31. Please be sure to set yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day, or after 6 p.m. the night before. Yard waste is not accepted in plastic bags. Place yard waste in barrels marked with City-issued stickers and facing the street, or in lawn refuse bags sold in most hardware stores. Do not staple or tape bags. For more information and to request yard waste stickers, visit

Residents can find their curbside waste collection and street cleaning schedule at Residents can sign up for collection day reminders, opt-in for real-time service alerts (i.e. snow cancelations, or changes in schedule due to unanticipated issues), import collection calendars into Google/Apple/Outlook calendar, or print a collection or street cleaning schedule. Alternatively, users may download the “Zero Waste Cambridge” app for iPhone/Android.
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