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