Department of Public Works Services
The Highway Division maintains the physical safety and appearance of all public ways. The Sanitation Division provides for solid waste collection and disposal of all household rubbish. Collection and disposal of leaves and sweeper debris from public ways for disposal are also accomplished by this division.
- Trash & Recycling
- Composting & Yard Waste
- Snow & Winter
Leaf Blower Information
Rules, regulations and commercial permit applications for using leaf blowers in Brookline.
Zero Waste Program
Brookline's Zero Waste Program seeks to divert Brookline's waste from incineration and landfill.
The PDF version of the guide to refuse and sanitation.
Learn more about the Transportation Department, current projects, parking for Red Sox games as well as traffic safety, and more.
The mission of the Parks and Open Space Division is to develop a safe, accessible, well maintained network of parks and open space for both passive and active recreation that preserves the historic integrity and cultural significance of Brookline's landscape for the use, benefit and enjoyment of our visitors and residents. We invite you to explore our website and visit your parks and open spaces.
Despite Brookline's urban character and proximity to Boston, the town has a substantial and diverse park system, ranging from small neighborhood playgrounds to large historic landscapes and natural areas.
The 45-acre Walnut Hills Cemetery landscape is designed to enhance the beauty of native trees, shrubs, grave areas, glacial boulders and the unique Roxbury Puddingstone.
Read about the responsibilities of the Parks and Open Space Division and Conservation Commission.
The Forestry element of the Parks and Open Space Division preserves and maintains all shade trees along public ways, parks, school grounds, cemeteries, and all other public grounds.
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Maintains and operates the water distribution system, as well as the sewer and surface water drainage systems.
Information on reading, paying and getting exemptions to water and sewer bills.
Apply for water and sewer permits online.
Water Supply (MWRA)
Information and tips from the Mass. Water Resources Authority, which supplies water to Brookline.
Irrigation System Specifications
Rules and guidelines for installing an irrigation system.
As stormwater from rain and snowmelt flows over ground surfaces, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants.
Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs)
Information on unintentional discharges of untreated wastewater.
Frequently Asked Questions for the Water and Sewer Division