Cambridge will organize the collection of household hazardous waste on June 12


The City of Cambridge will be holding its next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 12 at 65 Waverly St.

To access the event, enter via Brookline Street, as eastbound travel will be prohibited on Henry, Chestnut and Putnam Streets from Sidney Street to Waverly Street. Additional DMD collection dates in 2021 include August 21 and October 30.

To streamline the collection process, residents should stay in their vehicles and follow staff instructions. Items will only be removed from safes and residents should leave any items they do not wish to dispose of at home.

Residents are urged to review the acceptable items below in advance.

Items accepted include batteries, vehicles and non-alkaline products; automotive fluids, antifreeze, brakes, engine degreaser, transmission; car tires (max four per household); chemicals, cleaners, glues, solvents, photography and swimming pool; fluorescent bulbs; mercury articles, thermometers and thermostats; oil and latex paints; poisons, insecticides, pesticides and weedkillers; prescription drugs (also accepted year round at Cambridge Police Department, 125 Sixth St.); propane cylinders (20 pounds or less only); waste fuels, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene, sternum and motor oil; and fire extinguishers.

Items not accepted include alkaline batteries; ammunition, fireworks and explosives (contact the Cambridge Fire Department at 617-349-3300); asbestos (requires proper disposal); commercial / industrial waste of bleach or ammonia; construction debris; empty aerosols compressed gas cylinders; infectious or biological waste; radioactive waste; smoke detector; and syringes (contact Cambridge Public Health at 617-665-3848).

Cambridge Recycling Center, 147 Hampshire St., accepts many of the above items not accepted on Household Hazardous Waste Day. The recycling center’s opening hours are 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. COVID-19 security protocols are currently in place. Learn more at


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