Hazardous Waste

New Brookline Household Hazardous Waste Facility Protocol

The Brookline Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 815 Newton St. is opening Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 from 7:30am-12:30pm. The facility will be open every Tuesday through the last Tuesday of October, 10/25/2022. Because of the current events of the Covid-19 virus, we are instituting new protocols for the safety of residents and employees. There will be new signage before entering the drop-off. We would ask all residents visiting the facility to familiarize themselves with these protocols.


  1. All residents must wear a mask at all times during drop-off.
  2. No exiting vehicle while in the transfer station and dropping off hazardous material.
  3. All materials to drop off must be in the rear (trunk) of the vehicle. HHP personnel will remove the material.
  4. Please have your ID out as you pull up to the table.
  5. All items deemed nonacceptable will be returned to the trunk of your vehicle.
  6. Absolutely no smoking or vaping allowed when on Transfer Station property.


haz wasteHazardous Waste Day gives residents of Brookline a chance to dispose of certain household materials the right way! Please remember:

  • 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!

Residents with more than a trunk load must make an appointment during our open season with Patrick O'Neill, Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, at [email protected].

What to Bring

From the House

  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaners, spot removers, polishes
  • Filled aerosol can 
  • Flea collar products
  • Hobby / artist supplies
  • Light Bulbs, CFLs
  • Mercury containing products
  • Mothballs
  • Oven, drain, and toilet cleaners
  • Photo chemicals
  • TVs, CRTs, and electronics

From the Yard

  • Chemical fertilizers
  • Fungicides
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Propane tanks
  • Weed killers

From the Garage

  • Antifreeze and used motor oil
  • Brake and transmission fluid
  • Car batteries
  • Car polish
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Driveway sealer
  • Engine degreaser
  • Fuels, gasoline, and kerosene
  • Pool chemicals
  • Tires

From the Workbench

  • Adhesive, glue, and resins
  • Lighter fluid
  • Oil base paints
  • Paint strippers / thinners
  • Sealants
  • Solvents and varnishes
  • Wood preservative

What Not to Bring

  • Ammunition, fireworks, and explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Butane, other flammable gases
  • Commercial/industrial waste
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Construction materials
  • 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 of how to properly dispose of latex paint. 
  • Non-hazardous materials
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs)
  • Prescription medicines – can be taken to CVS at 400 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446
  • Radioactive waste
  • Smoke detectors- can be placed in the trash

Many residents come to dispose of latex/acrylic paint. We do not dispose of latex/acrylic paint on hazardous waste drop-off days. Here is the proper method for 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 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) inside your trash carts on your collection day. The lid must be off!


How to Transport Materials Safely

  • Leave materials in the 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/pads with newspaper