Yard Waste

Full yard waste bags next to a trash bin on a curbPlease Note: Brookline yard waste is collected the first full week of April through the last full week of December.

Yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be collected!


The Department of Public Works would like to remind you of policies pursuant to the proper storage and collection of residential yard waste. Yard waste shall be placed out with solid waste. Avoid fines: do not place out before 3:30 p.m. the day before solid waste pick up.

Section V(A)(3) - Acceptable yard waste shall be tied in standard bundles not to exceed 75 pounds and/or 3 feet in length. Other acceptable yard waste, such as leaves, shall be placed out for collection in paper yard waste bags or rubbish containers labeled "Yard Waste" (stickers are available at the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St. or the Town Hall 4th floor).

Acceptable Materials

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Plant cuttings and vines
  • Shrub trimmings
  • Tree branches and limbs (not exceeding 3 inches in diameter or 3-foot in length) - Limbs and branches must be bundled and tied

Unacceptable Materials

  • Logs
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Sod
  • Soil
  • Stumps and trunks

Composting Yard Waste

You can also compost yard waste. Learn how on our Composting page.