Trash Billing Info

Automated Trash Collection

In the HPAYT Automated Waste Collection Program, waste carts are collected by a vehicle equipped with an automated arm. The arm lifts the waste cart from the ground and dumps the contents into the vehicle. Subscribers to Town Refuse Collection choose a black waste cart, from a variety of available sizes, that accommodates their weekly trash output. The DPW then delivers the cart to the customer. If a customer has more trash than their waste cart can hold in any given week, they may put any additional garbage in a purple plastic overflow bag imprinted with the Town seal. The overflow bag is placed next to the black trash cart.

For help with your refuse bill or to make changes to your refuse account, please contact [email protected]

Pricing Structure

Sanitation Fee Changes - Effective July 1, 2023

In order to support program costs, the Town of Brookline announces an increase in sanitation fees effective July 1, 2023.   

Cart SizeOld RateNew FY24 Rate
35 gallon$230 / year$250 / year
65 gallon$310 / year$336 / year
95 gallon$392 / year$425 / year
PAYT Overflow Bags$18.50 / Roll of 5 Bags$20.00 / Roll of 5 Bags
Cart SwapDisinfection/Repair/Delivery$40.00 / swap
New trash and recycling cart prices for Fiscal Year 2024

In an effort to minimize the base fees for municipal trash service and to support new DEP regulations, the Town will implement a Pay-As-You-Throw fee for Bulky and Special Waste pickups as follows:

  • Special Bulky Item: $10 / each
  • White Goods / Electronics: $20 / each
  • Mattresses: $55 / each

Rather than billing all customers at the same flat rate, each account is billed at a tiered rate, where the size of the waste cart they choose determines their annual refuse costs. Subscribers will continue to receive quarterly bills. 

The DPW recognizes that the needs of our customers will change over time. If the size of your trash or recycling cart does not work for your household, you may request a cart swap, or exchange, at any time. Customers may also request additional carts. Making changes to your cart size may impact your annual refuse fee. Requests for the purposes of exchanging or ordering carts will be addressed in the order they are received.

Trash Collection Fees

Residents may choose from three cart sizes:

SizeAnnual cost
Quarterly Cost
35 gallon (~3 kitchen bags)$250 annually$62.50 quarterly
65 gallon (~6 kitchen bags)$336 annually$84.00 quarterly
95 gallon (~10 kitchen bags)$425 annually$106.25 quarterly
Cart size vs. Cost

The annual refuse fee (billed quarterly) is based on one (1) trash cart per residential unit, and are invoiced based on the carts chosen, with two exceptions*:

  • If there are more carts than residential units at a property, the customer will be invoiced according to the annual rate of the selected carts.
  • If there are fewer carts than residential units at a property, the customer will be invoiced at the annual rate of the selected carts, or $250.00 per unit, whichever is higher.
    *Changes made to cart size will be reflected in the next quarterly bill.

Purple Overflow Bags:

  • 30 gallon; $20.00 for 5 bags
  • Sold in local stores

Recycling Collection Fees

Recycling carts are included in the annual refuse fee at no extra charge.

  • Recycling carts are available in three (3) sizes: 35 gallon, 65 gallon (standard), 95 gallon
  • Customers may request an additional recycling cart without impacting their annual refuse fee.

Cart Request

If you need a trash or recycling cart, please email: [email protected]