Dumpster License

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City Ordinance requires that all dumpsters in Cambridge be licensed.

A dumpster license is needed for any container, compacting unit, or roll-off that is used for the temporary storage, containment, or transport of refuse, debris, trash, garbage, recycling, organics or other like materials- including temporary dumpsters used during construction. 

A license is not needed for trash cans with volumes of 50 gallons or less, recycling receptacles of 96 gallons or less, or solid waste disposal trucks licensed by the City of Cambridge License Commission or used and operated by the City of Cambridge.  It also excludes dumpsters used for one-day special events permitted by the City of Cambridge.  

Dumpster licenses are issued by the Inspectional Services Department

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