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Brookline Department Of Public Works To Offer Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program For Residents


Commissioner Erin Chute Gallentine would like to announce that the Brookline Department of Public Works will offer a Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program to residents again this year.

As part of the program, residents can safely dispose of hazardous and universal waste items at Brookline’s Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Facility, 815 Newton Street, every Tuesday from 07:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from May 02, 2023 through October 31, 2023.

The program is free to all Brookline residents. Proof of residency is required.

The Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Facility accepts a wide variety of materials, including lightbulbs / CFLs, batteries, oil-based paint, mercury-containing products, fuels, garden fertilizers, and more. Items such as latex/water-based paint, asbestos, infectious / biological wastes, prescription medicines, and commercial hazardous waste are not accepted.

Tires, electronics, and small appliances are the only bulk items that residents may drop-off at the Hazardous Waste Facility. Residents who utilize the municipal trash service can call 617-730-2156 to schedule a curbside pickup for all other bulk items, including furniture, mattresses, and large appliances such as refrigerators or washing machines.

A complete list of materials that are and are not accepted at the Hazardous Waste Facility can be viewed here.

The Department of Public Works requests that all visitors adhere to the following guidelines to ensure the health and safety of residents and DPW staff while utilizing the disposal service:

  • Keep products in their original containers, which have important safety and disposal information on the label. Products in non-original containers will not be accepted.
  • Never mix hazardous or toxic products. Mixing products could cause a violent or sometimes explosive reaction.
  • Transport items in the trunk of a car or bed of a truck. Materials should be packed carefully so nothing will spill during transportation.
  • Residents must stay in their vehicles at all times upon arriving at the Hazardous Waste Facility. DPW staff will safely remove materials from the vehicle.
  • Smoking and vaping are prohibited at the Hazardous Waste Facility.

Additional universal waste disposal locations will be located at:

  • Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, open Monday through Friday from 08:30 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. This location will only accept single-use/rechargeable batteries, filled aerosol cans, and lightbulbs that are a maximum length of 50 inches.
  • Brookline Public Works Town Hall Office, 333 Washington Street, open Monday through Thursday from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., and Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This location will only accept single-use / rechargeable batteries.
  • Brookline Public Works Municipal Service Center, 870 Hammond Street, open Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 03:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 07:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m., and Fridays from 07:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. by appointment only. This location will only accept single-use / rechargeable batteries and lightbulbs.

To make an appointment, please contact Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, Patrick O’Neill, at poneill@brooklinema.gov.

“The Department of Public Works is thrilled to be able to offer this program to Brookline residents again this year,” said Commissioner Gallentine. “Our Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program provides a terrific opportunity for all residents to protect the environment and responsibly dispose of household hazardous materials at no cost.”

For more information on hazardous waste collection programs, please visit here.