The Sanitation Division has set up a household hazardous waste collection center located at 815 Newton St. Starting in 2016, it will be open every Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from May through October. Please visit the hazardous waste webpage for a list of acceptable items.
Rechargeable batteries and mercury can be brought to the Brookline Health Center at 11 Pierce St. or the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St.
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Our sanitation trucks bring it to our own transfer station located at 815 Newton St. There it is loaded into trailers and sent to a Waste to Energy Facility - operated by Covanta SEMASS. Our recycling, which is handled by Casella Resource Solutions, is sent to their materials recovery facility which is located in Charlestown, MA.
November is here, meaning hazardous waste will be coming to an end for the season. Until the first Tuesday in May 2019, there are numerous options to help you handle your hazardous waste the right way! These options are open year round. Please Note: Hazard Waste days in Brookline will be Tuesdays (No Thursday hours) From May thru October 2019. Hours are 0730 AM to 1230 PM at 815 Newton Street. Mercury products: Thermostats, thermometers may be dropped off at:Public Health Center11 Pierce St. 2nd floorBrookline, MA 02445
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.mBatteries: Please note that alkaline batteries can be thrown into the trash. They are no longer listed as a hazardous material by the Environmental Protection Agency. Most of your standard household batteries fall into this category. However, rechargeable, Nickel-Cadnium (Ni-Cd) Batteries, Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries, Silver Oxide Batteries, car batteries, and other larger types of batteries are considered hazardous and should be handled appropriately. Recycle these batteries at the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St. or the Town Hall 4th floor DPW Office front desk. Follow the instructions on the box before placing them in the box. CFL: CFL "light bulb" drop off containers for small bulbs and no larger than 4-foot tubes are located at: Public Health Center 11 Pierce St. 2nd floor Brookline, MA 02445 Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Municipal Service Center 870 Hammond St. Brookline, MA 02445 Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Any bulb over 4 feet in length must be dropped off during hazardous waste day so please hold onto until next season. Small bulbs must be in sealed plastic bags and placed in the container gently. Please read the instructions on the top of the container before using. This is a free service for Brookline residents only; no business or commercial CFLs will be accepted! Needles/Sharps: Used needles/sharps can be taken to the Brookline Public Health Center. Note: Needles must be in a concealed container to prevent any loose needles from being handled. Please use old coffee containers, gallon jugs, or any other item that will safely conceal loose needles. Public Health Center 11 Pierce St. 2nd floor Brookline, MA 02445 Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Prescription and over the counter medicines: Any prescription or over the counter medication can be taken to the Brookline Police station kiosk at: Brookline Police Department 350 Washington St. Brookline, MA 02445 Clothing Trailer: This is available to all residents 7 days per week for dropping off used clothing, shoes and cloth material. Please put all material into the chutes in front of the trailer. Do not leave trash in this area! We need your help to make this a successful program so please all clothing goes into the trailer, no trash or non-recyclable items outside the trailer. Location: 815 Newton Street, directly across from the entrance of Skyline Park in South Brookline. Again, please make sure all clothing goes into the trailer, no trash or non-recyclable items are allowed outside the trailer. Latex Paint: Many residents come to dispose latex/acrylic paint. We do not dispose of latex/acrylic paint at hazardous waste drop-off days. Here is the proper method to disposing of latex/acrylic and any other water based paints: 1. Add equal parts kitty litter to the paint in the can (one part paint to one part kitty litter). If you have more than a half a can, you can also pour the paint into a lined cardboard box, then pour in kitty litter. 2. Stir the kitty litter into the paint until it has an oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out. 3. Allow the paint and kitty litter mixture to sit for a few days. Once dry, place the dried paint (in the can with the lid off) next to your waste carts on your collection day. The lid must be off! NOTE: NO LATEX PAINT Special Pickups: If you are a Brookline resident and subscribe to town trash/recycling service, you are able to call ahead to arrange a special pickup for certain items. These include computers, tv’s, and metal. Items such as couches, bureaus, mattresses, or other bulky items can be placed next to your regular trash. If you are not a subscriber, you must contact your landlord to figure out how to dispose of these items. Recycling decals/ Yard waste stickers: If you are an avid recycler, feel free to pick up “We Recycle Brookline” stickers located in Town Hall, 4th floor DPW Office front desk or the Municipal Service Center located at 870 Hammond St. Yard waste stickers are also available at both locations. Moving?: Do you have hazardous products between November and April? If you are moving out of Brookline or if you have any questions on how to dispose of hazardous material, contact Ed Gilbert by calling (617)-879-4908 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For yard waste, biodegradable paper yard waste bags are available for purchase at the Home Depot or at your local hardware store. Prices and availability may vary.
You don’t necessarily have to put yard waste in the special biodegradable bags. You can put them in barrels clearly marked “Yard Waste” and leave them out on the same day that your trash is collected during the weeks that yard waste is collected. Yard waste stickers are available at the Town Hall 4th floor or the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St.No plastic bags are acceptable. The paper bags are used because they are more cost efficient to pick up and are known to be biodegradable, thus saving the town (and the taxpayer) money in collection costs. Please call the Sanitation Department at 617-730-2156 if you have questions.