2016 Schedules and Routes

Public Works provides weekly curbside pickup of household trash, as well as weekly pickup of household recycling and yard waste by a private contractor.  Yard waste is collected April 1st through the second FULL week of December.  The City is divided into five districts, to provide these services throughout the City on a five-day week, Monday through Friday.

Email us at recycle@cambridgema.gov to sign up for our monthly eNewsletter. 

2016 Holiday Week Pickup Schedule - If the holiday is after your collection day, there is no change to your pickup day. If the holiday is on or before your collection day, collection is one day later. For example, if your trash is usually picked up on Wednesday, it will be picked up on Thursday, etc.

2016 Holidays Date Holiday Pick up will be
New Year's January 1 Friday   one day later
MLK Birthday January 18 Monday one day later
President's Day February 15 Monday one day later
Patriot's Day April 18 Monday one day later
Memorial Day May 30 Monday one day later
Independence Day July 4 Monday one day later
Labor Day
September 5 Monday one day later
Indigenous Peoples' Day October 10 Monday one day later
Veteran's Day November 11 Friday one day later
Thanksgiving Day November 24 Thursday one day later
Christmas Holiday December 26 Monday one day later


Click on map below to view any of the five districts. 
Map of Trash Districts

 Click on any link below for specific district details.

  • Monday: North Cambridge: all areas from the Arlington Line at Massachusetts Avenue down to Porter Square and back to the Sherman Street. 
  • Tuesday: West Cambridge: all Huron Avenue areas up to Fresh Pond and Mount Auburn Streets back toward the Mount Auburn Hospital. 
  • Wednesday : Mid-Cambridge: Broadway from Harvard Square to Antrim Street and Harvard Street from Harvard Square to Bigelow Street. 
  • Thursday : East Cambridge: Cambridge and Hampshire Streets from Prospect Street down to First Street including all the side streets.
  • Friday : Central Square Area back to the Charles River: all streets within and in back of Central Square, and MIT area
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Dept of Public Works

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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