In 2022, the Town of Brookline Department of Public Works and Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) published the Town's first Zero Waste Framework. This Framework is the culmination of a collaborative planning process, facilitated by Zero Waste Associates, that took place in the spring and summer of 2021. Over a series of public meetings, Public Works staff, SWAC members and the general public discussed the Town’s current solid waste management system, and the policies and programs needed to reduce waste and increase recycling and composting. This Zero Waste Framework identifies the new and expanded policies and programs to set the Town on the journey to Zero Waste. The document starts the conversation about efficiencies and challenges in the existing program, priorities and charge of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, staffing and capacity of the Department of Public Works, and priorities for the Town associated with various initiatives and their respective cost, service, and environmental impacts.