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December 21, 2016

Hello Recycling & Composting Neighbors! – December 2016

Filed under: Cambridge,recycling — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 5:30 pm

Hello Recycling & Composting Neighbors! – December 2016

recycling symbolYard Waste Pickup Ends December 16
Holiday Changes for Trash/Recycling & Recycling Center
Reducing Waste During the Holidays
Recycle in the Curbside Toter
Common Curbside Recycling Mistakes
Holiday Drives: Donation and Reuse Opportunities
Holiday Tree Collection and Composting
Join Our Team!


Yard Waste Pickup Ends December 16

  • Collection of leaves, grass and small twigs & branches ends the week of December 12-16, 2016.
  • If your yard waste was missed, please notify us immediately (within 24hrs) by going online (Choose "Missed Yard Waste Pickup") or call us at 617-349-4800.

Holiday Changes for Trash/Recycling & Recycling Center

Due to the Holidays, there will be no trash/recycling collection on:

  • Monday, December 26, 2016
  • Monday, January 2, 2017

All curbside collection will be delayed by one day both weeks. The Recycling Center will be closed on Saturday, December 24, 2016.


Reducing Waste During the Holidays

  • Chose to ReuseCooking and Dining: Use reusable tableware (plates, cups, utensils, etc) and dishware (pans, pie dishes, etc).
  • Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB): Don’t forget to bring your own reusable bag for shopping these holidays. Avoid the mandatory checkout bag charge and help reduce waste. Need a bag? Email us.
  • Gift Wrapping: Reuse bows, boxes, bags and gift wrap. Save these items to reuse.
  • Gift Giving: Consider giving experiences rather than physical gifts. For example, you could give concert, movie, or play tickets, or experiential classes for cooking, exercise (yoga, rock climbing, or spin classes), or painting.
  • Food Waste: After you’ve finished eating and having leftovers, be sure to compost any excess food waste. Visit CambridgeMA.Gov/Compost.

Recycle in the Curbside Toter

  • Aluminum Foil: It’s always recyclable after you have removed food waste.
  • Cardboard: If your cardboard won’t fit in the toter, stack cardboard/nest boxes outside the toter.
  • Paper Gift Wrap, Boxes, and Bags: Recycle after reusing. Sorry, bows and tissue paper are trash.
  • Items Accepted in the Curbside Recycling Program.

Common Curbside Recycling Mistakes

  • NO Styrofoam: Bring Styrofoam peanuts to a UPS Store for reuse or to the Recycling Center. That bulky Styrofoam can’t be recycled. Put it in the trash.
  • NO Plastic Bags, Bubble Wrap or Air Pillows: Bring empty, clean and dry bags to designated bins at store entrances or the Recycling Center.
  • NO Electronics: Some items such as dead string lights, cords, electronics, and non-alkaline batteries can be recycled at the Recycling Center. See here for more info.
  • NO Pots, Pans, Hangers or Other Scrap Metal: Bring metal items to the Recycling Center. Many dry cleaners accept metal hangers for reuse.
  • NO Clothing or Textiles: Donate all dry and clean textiles. More info here.

Thanks for Getting Rid of It Right!


Holiday Drives: Donation and Reuse Opportunities

Mass. Ave. Diner, 906 Massachusetts Ave: Hosts a food drive through Dec. 22. See here for details.

The City Manager’s Office and the Employees’ Committee on Diversity: Collaborating on a Winter Coat and Accessories Drive to benefit CASPAR and help the homeless stay warm this winter. See here for more info.

"Secret Santa for Seniors" Gift Drive: Seekling gifts for Seniors. See here for more info.


Holiday Tree Collection and Composting

DPW will offer curbside collection of holiday trees from Dec 27, 2016- Jan 13, 2017, weather permitting. Remove all decorations and the stand. Place bare trees (no plastic bags) at the curb with your trash and recycling.

Missed curbside pickup? Residents can bring bare trees to the Recycling Center during open hours (Tues/Thurs 4pm-7:30pm and Sat 9am-4pm): Dec 27, 2016 – Jan 31, 2017.


Join Our Team!

Cambridge DPW is hiring for two paid part-time positions. We are looking for a Waste Reduction Outreach Assistant and a Recycling Center Monitor.


  • recycling symbolMissed recycling or trash? Please use Commonwealth Connect and report it online or via mobile app (iPhone / Android) or call DPW at 617-349-4800 by 12 noon the day after collection to make a request.
  • Need toters, brochures, labels, or posters? Email recycle@cambridgema.gov or fill out this form.
  • Following a weekday holiday, curbside trash, recycling, compost and yard waste collection is delayed one day. Check the 2016 collection schedule.

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