Housed within the Cambridge City Division of Public Works, the Cambridge Recycling Program encourages people to consume less, reuse and donate materials, and recycle what cannot be eliminated or re-used. The Division’s largest program is the weekly curbside collection of materials that must be recycled under State law—including paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, and yard waste—from residents, City buildings, and schools. The Division maintains and monitors the curbside recycling contract and a Recycling Center open to Cambridge residents, and businesses and non-profits with 50 or fewer employees.
Throughout the years, volunteers have made a significant contribution to the Cambridge Recycling program. Volunteers have helped in a variety of ways with education and outreach. In fact, volunteers actually started the program in the late 1980s by staffing the Recycling Drop-Off Center! Here are some areas where volunteers can help. If you have a specific project idea, contact us and make a proposal!
At the Recycling Center…
Organize and sort books, batteries and cell phones. Help educate residents and businesses.
At Festivals and Street Fairs…
Staff information tables, monitor recycling and talk with vendors.
In Your Neighborhood and Around Town…
- Become a Recycling Neighbor!
- Assist with presentations at schools and other community groups
- Teach home composting
- Monitor public area recycling bins
- Help organize educational forums
- Organize tours of factories that process recyclables or make products made from recycled materials
- Participate in the Cambridge Recycling Advisory Committee
In the Office…
Help with mailings, phone calls and data entry. Research donate and reuse outlets.