Note: The 2017 household hazardous waste drop off season will begin in the first week of May. To find out how to dispose of hazardous waste in the meantime, please click on this link: http://brooklinema.gov/1239/Brookline-Sanitation-Recycling#
As a reminder, household hazardous recycling drop off days will be every Tuesday (7:30 am- 12:30 pm).
Hazardous waste day gives residents of Brookline a chance to dispose of certain household materials the right way!
- Town of Brookline residents only.
- Proof of residency is required.
- Be prepared to wait.
- This is a free drop-off service.
- No commercial waste is accepted!
Download the Household Hazardous Waste Facility flyer here.
What to Bring
|From the House
|| From the Yard
| From the Garage
|| From the Workbench
- Ammunition, fireworks, and explosives
- Butane, other flammable gases
- Commercial / industrial waste
- Compressed gas cylinders
- Construction materials- can be taken to Dedham Transfer (must use a pickup truck) or Jet-A-Way in Boston (http://jawdirect.com/)
- Empty aerosol cans- can be placed in the trash
- Empty containers- can be placed in the trash
- Infectious/ biological wastes
- Latex paint: Please see below for a detailed description on how to properly dispose of latex paint.
- Non-hazardous materials
- Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs)
- Prescription medicines – can be taken to the Brookline Police Station
- Radioactive waste
- Smoke detectors- can be placed in the trash
Many residents come to dispose latex/acrylic paint. We do not dispose of latex/acrylic paint at hazardous waste drop-off days. Here is the proper method to disposing of latex/acrylic and any other water based paints:
1. Add equal parts kitty litter to the paint in the can (one part paint to one part kitty litter). If you have more than a half a can, you can also pour the paint into a lined cardboard box, then pour in kitty litter.
2. Stir the kitty litter into the paint until it has an oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out.
3. Allow the paint and kitty litter mixture to sit for a few days.
Once dry, place the dried paint (in the can with the lid off) next to your waste carts on your collection day. The lid must be off!
- Leave materials in original container
- Tighten caps and lids
- Sort and pack separately
- Never mix chemicals
- Do not place hazardous waste in a garbage bag
- Never smoke while handling hazardous material
- Put containers in sturdy upright boxes / pad with newspaper