News and Events


  • Spring Showers Bring Limited Time Offer on Rain Barrels

    Capture the rainwater from your roof and store it in a rain barrel for later use in your garden. Purchase a 60-gallon rainwater collection system for $69.00 now through May 27th. Delivery is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st , from 4:30 -7:00 p.m. at the Cambridge DPW yard, 147 Hampshire Street.

  • DPW Service Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

    There will be no trash/recycling pickup or street cleaning in Cambridge on Thursday only. Service will resume on Friday and pickup routes for both Thursday and Friday will be one day behind schedule.

  • Curbside Compost Goes Citywide in April 2018

    The City has committed to expanding the current curbside organics program to all residential buildings with 1 to 12 units beginning in April 2018.

  • Cambridge Celebrates “America Recycles Day”

    The City of Cambridge is joining thousands of communities across the U.S. to celebrate America Recycles Day on Wednesday, November 15, with an event at Cambridge City Hall.

  • DPW Service Schedule for Veterans Day

    In observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 10th, there will be no trash or recycling pickup in Cambridge and no street cleaning on Friday, November 10th.

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Upcoming Events

  • 5:30 PM, November 21, 2017

    Committee on Public Planting

    COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC PLANTING Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 DPW Main Conference Room 5:30 – 7 pm 1. Urban Forest Canopy Update – by webinar with Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, director of the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab, who oversaw the update, will present the findings. Cambridge’s first Urban Forest Canopy Assessment was conducted in 2012, based on 2009 data. The update used 2014 data which was the latest available data set. To view the webinar, go to . For audio, you can call into +1 (646) 749-3122, use Access Code: 429-939-877. 2. Other agenda items to be distributed at meeting

  • 6:00 PM, December 5, 2017

    Inman Square Intersection Improvements Community Meeting

    The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. The next public meeting for this project will be held on Tuesday, December 5th, at the Main Library, Lower Level (L2) from 6-8pm.

  • 7:00 PM, December 11, 2017

    Conservation Commission Meeting

    This is a public meeting of the Cambridge Conservation Commission. The Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (310 CMR 10.0).

  • 10:30 AM, December 16, 2017

    Urban Gardening Series: PLANTS FOR THE WINTER GARDEN

    It’s relatively easy to design a garden for the height of spring; more challenging is creating a garden that looks beautiful in the dead of winter. Come learn about the many native plants that offer winter interest and how they can help your garden shine in winter.

  • 1:00 PM, January 20, 2018

    Urban Gardening Series: NATIVE LAWN ALTERNATIVES

    “Lawns are a soul-crushing timesuck...,” reads the headline of a recent article on According to NASA, more surface area in the U.S. is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn some of the best, environmentally friendly lawn alternatives for urban gardens.

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