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Solid Waste

  • Recycling collection remains ON SCHEDULE
  • Trash and Compost collection remains ON SCHEDULE, however: In order to comply with social distancing practices, we’ve had to limit the number of passengers in DPW trucks. This means limited capacity for curbside collections. For this reason, we will be collecting compost bins with regular trash collection. Our Zero Waste goals are important to us, but employee and public safety comes first. We are asking that residents continue to place food scraps in the lockable GREEN BIN to protect against rodents. We will resume normal collection services as soon as we are able to do so safely.
  • Yard Waste Collection is expected to begin as planned on April 1st.
  • Mattress Collection remains ON SCHEDULE. Visit to schedule pick up.
  • Large Appliance and TV (White Goods) Collection has been SUSPENDED until further notice.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event scheduled for March 28th has been CANCELLED
  • Recycling Center is CLOSED until further notice

Street Cleaning

  • Street Cleaning DELAYED until May 1


  • City Construction Projects Suspended: Engineering staff have been instructed to work with contractors to stop work and wrap up construction sites safely by the end of the week. All construction-related permits will be suspended. Emergency permits will be reviewed and issued as necessary. Engineers will work on a rotating basis to periodically check construction sites to ensure they are safe.


  • Emergency crews available on an on-call basis: Crews are prepared to be called in for emergency tree-related calls.
  • Spring Tree Planting has been SUSPENDED: planting has not yet started, but crews had been working on tree pit preparation. They are wrapping that work up by the end of the week. The Assistant City Arborist will be by each location to ensure they are left in safe conditions.


  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all basketball and tennis courts will be closed until further notice in order to encourage people to practice social distancing.
  • Playgrounds CLOSED, Parks and Community Gardens OPEN: playgrounds (areas with play structures of any kind) are closed, effective March 16th, until further notice.  Parks, community gardens, fields, will remain open for passive use. No congregating, group activities or game playing is allowed.
  • The Dog Park at Danehy Park along with the playgrounds, courts, and bathrooms are closed until further notice.

Streets, Sidewalks and Sewer

  • One Crew On-Site: a single 2-person crew, on a rotation, will remain available to perform routine inspection of sewer, respond to backup issues and to address any safety-related street and sidewalk issues. Additional crews will be available on an on-call basis.


  • Cemetery is OPEN with some restrictions: Crews are working with funeral directors and visitors to maintain social distancing recommendations. Cemetery gates will remain open for visitors, but visitors are ask to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and other people. Gates will closed during graveside ceremonies in order to adhere to the state’s guidelines regarding gatherings of 25 people or more.


  • Extension of the Due Date for Exemption and Deferral Applications 4-6-20: The City is extending the due date under G.L. c. 59, § 59 for applications for exemptions from April 1, 2020 to a date not later than June 1, 2020. This extension will automatically apply to deferrals under G.L. c. 59, § 5[18A] and [41A], residential exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5C and small commercial exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5I.
  • Real Estate and Property Tax Update 4-6-20: The City is extending the due date for Second Half Real Estate and Property Tax bills until June 1, 2020. Real Estate and Property Tax bills are currently available online at
  • Excise Tax and Water/Sewer Payments Update 4-6-20: Interest and other penalties on late payments made on Excise Tax and water/sewer bills with due dates after March 10, 2020 will be waived if payments are made before June 30, 2020.
  • To support ratepayers experiencing financial hardship, the City of Cambridge will suspend adding interest and late fees to the recently issued and future water and sewer bills that are due between March 30, 2020 - June 30, 2020.
  • The City of Cambridge will temporarily absorb all credit card and ACH fees relating to online payments of Real Estate, Personal Property, Water Bills, etc., paid through our Invoice Cloud payment portal. This change is effective immediately and will remain until further notice.
  • Second Half Property Tax bills will be mailed on Tuesday April 7th. Property Tax bills can be accessed or paid online by going to The City of Cambridge is temporarily absorbing all credit card and ACH fees relating to online payments of Real Estate, Personal Property, Water Bills, etc., paid through our Invoice Cloud payment portal. The City is awaiting approval of pending State legislation to extend the due date and waiving interest on late payments. The City will post updates once legislation has been signed into law.
  • A “Payment Mailbox” has been installed in the rear of City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave. for taxpayers who wish to make payments (checks and money orders preferred) directly to the City. Taxpayers can also make online or mail payments. As a reminder, the City of Cambridge is temporarily absorbing all credit card and ACH fees relating to online payments of Real Estate, Personal Property, Water Bills, etc., paid through our Invoice Cloud payment portal. Individuals using the “Payment Mailbox” option should ensure that their payments are in a sealed envelope, contain a payment stub, and include the bill number, parcel ID, or other identifying information, including a phone number on their check. Individuals can use the “Payment Mailbox” to make Real Estate, Water/Sewer, Excise, Parking Ticket, or other payments.
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