Food and Cooking Oil

Food Scraps & Compostable Paper Goods
There are many options for composting in Cambridge. Drop-off food scraps. Compost in your backyard or indoors with wormsCurbside collection is available to residences Monday's collection route with twelve or fewer units and City trash service. View a list of certified compostable products

Cooking Oil
Small Quantities: Pour into a can or jar with lid, store until full and place in trash. Large Quantities: Free collection from restaurants through the MA Alternative Fuel Foundation. Get paid for your oil from Lifecycle Renewables. Fee-based collection through Save That Stuff or Green Grease Monkey.

Donate Edible Food
Food For Free rescues food for redistribution. 
Food Not Bombs, now located in Boston, donate unopened food and toiletries.

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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