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.
READ NEW RULES BEFORE PULLING UP TO THE TABLE.
- All residents must wear a mask at all times during drop-off.
- No exiting vehicle while in the transfer station and dropping off hazardous material.
- All materials to drop off must be in the rear (trunk) of the vehicle. HHP personnel will remove the material.
- Please have your ID out as you pull up to the table.
- All items deemed nonacceptable will be returned to the trunk of your vehicle.
- Absolutely no smoking or vaping allowed when on Transfer Station property.
PLEASE NOTE: HHP SUPERVISOR WILL ASK YOU TO LEAVE THIS FACILITY IF RULES ARE NOT ADHERED TO.
Hazardous 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
- Oven, drain, and toilet cleaners
- Photo chemicals
- TVs, CRTs, and electronics
From the Yard
- Chemical fertilizers
- 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
From the Workbench
- Adhesive, glue, and resins
- Lighter fluid
- Oil base paints
- Paint strippers / thinners
- Solvents and varnishes
- Wood preservative
What Not to Bring
- Ammunition, fireworks, and explosives
- 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!
NOTE: NO LATEX PAINT
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