Ordinances and Regulations

See all Ordinances listed under the heading Refuse and Litter

The Polystyrene Ordinance took effect in 2016. The ordinance affects all food and drink establishments that serve food or drink in single-use disposable service-ware.  Click here to learn more.

The Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) Ordinance took effect in 2016. The ordinance affects all commercial establishments that provide a checkout bag to customers at the point of sale. Click here to learn more.

In March 1991, the City Council passed the Mandatory Recycling, which requires recycling at all buildings that generate waste in Cambridge. 

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Recycling Center Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm  
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm