Household Hazardous Waste

The City of Cambridge will hold four (4) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Days in 2017 for Cambridge residents only. You must bring proof of residency. If you have no proof of residency or are property managers bringing more than 25 pounds or 25 gallons from a Cambridge residential building, please email in advance. See below for dates and locations.

Date Time Location
Saturday, April 8 9am-1pm Danehy Park Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St.
Saturday, June 17 9am-1pm Volpe Transportation Center off Third St
Saturday, September 9 9am-1pm Danehy Park Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St.
Saturday, November 4 9am-1pm Volpe Transportation Center off Third St

Field Street (MAP)
Volpe Transportation Center - Parking Lot 4 - Access via Munroe off Third St (MAP)

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Accepted Items

Items NOT Accepted

  • NO Alkaline Batteries
  • NO Ammunition, Fireworks & Explosives (call Fire Dept. at 617.349.3300)
  • NO Asbestos (requires proper disposal)
  • NO Bleach or Ammonia
  • NO Commercial/Industrial Waste
  • NO Construction Debris
  • NO Empty Aerosol Cans
  • NO Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • NO Infectious or Biological Waste
  • NO Radioactive Waste
  • NO Smoke Detectors
  • NO Syringes (accepted year-round at Police Dept. 125 Sixth St, call Health Department at 617.665.3848)

Can't Make the Next Collection?

  • Remember that the Recycling Center accepts non-alkaline batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mercury items and motor oil.
  • Cans of latex paint may be dried out and set out for curbside trash collection, with the lids off. Let evaporate outside or add kitty litter to speed drying.
  • Ask a neighbor to bring your items to the collection.
  • Bring items to Clean Harbors in Braintree, (781) 380-7100, 1 Hill Ave (off Quincy Ave). Small fee per pound. Saturday mornings from May-October. Call for details.
  • Bring items to Minuteman Hazardous Waste Facility in Lexington. (781) 862-0500. Fee based on quantity. 8 annual collections, click here for dates.

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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