Recycling Batteries, Light Bulbs, and Clothing

Clothing and Textile Recycling

SImple Recycling Logo

The Town of Brookline is working with Simple Recycling for textiles and clothing. The program is run and maintained by Simple Recycling. Residents can contact Simple Recycling or 866-835-5068 to schedule a pickup.
Any questions, issues or concerns should be directed to Simple Recycling via their website or by calling 866-835-5068

Simple Recycling Drop Box accessible 7 days a week for dropping off bags of used clothing, shoes and cloth material. Please put all donations into the box. Do not leave trash in this area! We need your help to make this a successful program, so please make sure all materials go into the trailer. Leave nothing outside the trailer.

Simple Recycling Clothing Donation Bin

Location: 815 Newton Street, directly across from the entrance of Skyline Park in South Brookline.


Call2Recycle helps recycle Brookline Batteries:


North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program—is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for the Town. 2014 commemorated Call2Recycle’s 20th anniversary in battery collection and recycling. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 100 million pounds (39 million kilograms) of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 34,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. Call2Recycle is on a mission to keep all rechargeable batteries and cellphones out of the solid waste stream and recycle them for other uses. Anyone can be part of this effort by collecting these items and taking them to a nearby participating collection site for recycling.

Alkaline Manganese Batteries
Where it's at: Alkaline batteries (A, AA, AAA) are used in everything from cameras and flashlights to remote controls.

What to do: In Brookline we place these in with our regular trash. This is partly due to the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in 1996 that phased out the use of mercury in alkaline batteries, making them less of an issue when disposed in landfills.

Silver Oxide Batteries
Where it's at: This is the more common form of the button cell battery, which you'll usually find in calculators, hearing aids, and wristwatches. In addition to their small size, button cells are known for a long storage life and the ability to work well in low temperatures.

Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries
Where it's at: One of the newest forms of rechargeable technology is the Li-ion battery, which is commonly found in cellular phones and consumer electronics.

What to do: Recycle these batteries at the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St. or the Town Hall 4th floor DPW Office front desk. Follow the instructions on the box before placing them in the box. 

Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) Batteries
Where they're at: Ni-Cd batteries are the inexpensive rechargeable form of alkaline batteries. They can be recharged hundreds of times to avoid disposing of batteries and are, for the most part, interchangeable with alkaline batteries.

What to do: Recycle these batteries at the Town Hall 4th floor DPW Office front desk. Follow the instructions on the box before placing them in the box.

Fluorescent Tubes, CFL and LED Light Bulbs - DROP OFF TEMPORARILY CLOSED 

Please store safely until first Tuesday of May 3rd, 2022 for Hazardous Waste Drop Off

Donation List and Interactive Map

Donate and Recycle- the best way to get rid of your textiles, books, furniture, and other household items! It will help those in need and cut down on the amount of Brookline trash that is being sent to the landfill! Please see the list of charities below and also utilize our interactive map link to see where you can donate!

View this interactive map.

Clothing, Furniture, and Houseware

Savers | 1230 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132 | 617-323-8231

The Goodwill Store | 965 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 | 617-254-0112

Urban Renewals | 122 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134 | 617-783-8387

Boomerangs | 563 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 | 617-758-6128

Boomerangs | 1870 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132 | 617-323-0262

Goodwill Attended Donation Center | 115 Rumford Ave, Auburndale, MA 02466 | 888-828-4483

Global Thrift | 322 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453 | 781-891-5577


Simple Recycling Drop-Box | 815 Newton St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (across from the entrance of Skyline Park)

Books and Clothing 

More Than Words | 56 Felton Street Waltham, MA 02453 | 781-314-933 

More Than Words (2nd location) | 242 East Berkeley Street, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02118 | 781-788-0035

More Than Words (drop off box) | 30 Sunnyside Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (Entrance on Centre St. near Wyman St) 

Household items and Furniture

Habitat For Humanity ReStore | 1580 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132 | 617-327-1170

Boston Consignment | 238 Highland Ave, Needham Heights, MA 02494 | 781-449-0900

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off (Tuesdays May-October 7:30 am-12:30 pm)

815 Newton St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 | 617-879-4908

Recycling Dumpster (RESIDENTS ONLY) | Centre Street West Parking Lot | 617-879-4908

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please email Chaimaa Medhat, Asst. Recycling Coordinator or call 617-879-4914