Yard Waste

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Weekly yard waste collection begins April 1, 2019 and ends December 13, 2019. Yard waste is banned from landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts. If your yard waste was missed by 4pm on collection day, report by 9am the day after collection day via Commonwealth Connect

Set-out rules:

  • Set yard waste out by 7am on your collection day, or after 6pm the night before.
  • Place yard waste in barrels marked with City-issued stickers facing the street, or in lawn refuse bags. Barrels should not exceed 32-gallons and should not weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • No plastic bags. Do not staple or tape bags.  
  • Bundle small twigs and branches with string. 
  • Certain plants are invasive and should not go in yard waste. More details below.

Looking for YARD WASTE stickers? Email to request stickers (include the quantity and your address).

Accepted Materials 

  • Leaves, Grass, Plants
  • Shrub Prunings & Twigs (no more than 1 inch in diameter and 3 feet in length)
  • Thick Limbs (3 tied bundles per week, no more than 3 feet in length and diameter)
  • Pumpkins

Unaccepted Materials

  • No Trash
  • No Food
  • No Soil, Dirt, Sand, Rocks or Tree Stumps (call a private hauler)
  • No Invasive Plants: Certain invasive plants should be trashed, according to a special directive from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Do not put in compost or yard waste. Plants that must be trashed rather than collected as yard waste include: Kudzu, Black Swallow-Wort, Japanese Knotweed, Purple Loosestrife, Garlic Mustard, Oriental Bittersweet. Dispose of the entire plant. If you have a trash bag(s) of invasive plants, contact DPW in advance (617.349.4800) to help ensure the trash staff remove it. Did you know Cambridge has a "Pod Patrol" to help control Black Swallow-Wort?

If you hire a contractor, they are required to remove the yard waste and take to a compost facility. 

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Hours of Service

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

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