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Compost Drop-Off


Cambridge residents are welcome to bring food scraps to any of the following locations. Sites are accessible 24 hours a day. 

To help you get started, stop by the DPW office during open hours to pick up a kitchen bin. Or request a kitchen bin here. If you’d like to suggest a new compost drop off location, or if you’re interested in getting curbside composting started at your building, email us.


  • Collect food scraps in a reusable container such as a kitty litter or 5-gallon bucket. You can line the container with a compostable bag, paper bag or plastic bag. If you use a plastic bag, empty contents into the cart and bring the dirty plastic bag home to dispose with your household trash.
  • Help keep the area clean and bins free from trash and recycling. Do not leave food scraps on the ground.

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