Yard Waste

Please 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!

Recycling Bags and Trash Bin on a Curb


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

Compost Bins

To assist you in your efforts, home composting bins may be purchased at a discounted price of $46 from the Municipal Service Center located at:
870 Hammond St.
Brookline, MA 02467

Call 617-879-4900 for more information.

Woody Debris Removal

For Brookline residents that have town sanitation services, woody debris that is greater than half-inch in diameter and under 4 feet in length can be collected curbside. It should be separated from standard leaf / grass clipping waste.

Report Damage / Additional Information

To report suspicious tree damage, view photographs and videos of tree damage, or read about the ALB, visit the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources website or call the toll-free ALB hotline at 866-702-9938. You can also look up more information at these sites: