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NOTICE: DPW offices at 147 Hampshire St. are open to the public, by appointment only, Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 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.

COVID-19 Operations Update for Cambridge Recycling Center

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Before visiting the City's Recycle Center, please review the following information:

  • Face coverings and maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet is mandatory at all times.
  • Please limit vehicles to 1 person per vehicle.
  • Please allow Department of Public Works (DPW) staff to communicate with you through your passenger side window.
  • Double check that the items you wish to discard are accepted at the respective event; use the Get Rid of It Right tool at CambridgeMA.Gov/Recycle, email, or call 617 349 4800.

Recycle Center Operations effective June 13, 2020

The Recycle Center is located near 147 Hampshire Street, just north of Hampshire Street on Norfolk Street.

  • Hours of operation 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday’s only. The City will reevaluate the hours and days of operation after August. (NOTE: The Recycle Center will NOT be open on July 4, 2020). 
  • The Recycle Center will switch to a drop-off only facility indefinitely. The swap shelf and book shelf will remain closed.
  • Residents may drop off items such as scrap metal, plastic bags and film, books, fluorescent bulbs, mercury-containing items, batteries, small electronics, ink/toner cartridges, and motor oil.
  • Only one vehicle, bicycle, or individual will be allowed to enter the Recycle Center at a time. A DPW staffer will direct residents upon arrival.
  • Residents are strongly encouraged to minimize visits to the Recycle Center due to long wait times.
    Cans, bottles, paper and cardboard are NOT accepted currently at the Recycle Center. These items should be recycled curbside. If you don’t have curbside recycling collection, contact

For the quickest and best response, email DPW’s Recycling Division with questions on Recycle Center and Household Hazardous Waste:

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