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Brookline Public Works Announces Rate Changes For Waste & Bulky Item Pickup

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To support program costs, the Town of Brookline announces updated fees for trash collection services, including the collection of bulky items, for residents who participate in the town’s Hybrid Pay-As-You-Throw (HPAYT) Program.

To offset increasing annual program costs for municipal trash service and to support new state Department of Environmental Protection regulations, the Town will also implement a Pay-As-You-Throw fee for bulky and metal item pickups beginning July 01, 2023. These bulky item fees will accompany an increase in overall sanitation fees.

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Special bulky items: $10 each “White goods” (large home appliances like refrigerators, stoves, etc.) and electronics: $20 each Mattresses: $55 each In addition, rates for the HPAYT program are increasing on July 01, 2023 by approximately 8 percent for all cart sizes.

Pickups of bulky and metal items must be paid for in advance of pickup, which should be scheduled online. Please visit here to access the town’s online scheduling and payment portal.

Bulky and metal items are collected on a resident’s regular waste collection day, by appointment only. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your regular trash pickup and paid for in advance. If you require assistance, please email bulky@brooklinema.gov or call the Department of Public Works at 617-730-2156.

Construction and remodeling materials, automobile parts, and gym equipment are all ineligible for bulky item pickup. These items should instead be removed by a private waste hauler. Tires, electronics and small appliances (such as microwaves) can be brought to the Town’s Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Facility at Brookline’s Transfer Station (815 Newton Street) at no cost. The facility is open every Tuesday from May 02 to October 31, 2023, from 07:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Brookline Department of Public Works manages the comprehensive HPAYT program to meet the town’s refuse disposal and recycling needs. The program serves nearly 13,200 customers each week and provides a suite of options for residents to manage household recycling, refuse, special waste, and yard waste in a manner that is efficient, convenient, environmentally sound, and prioritizes public health and safety. The PAYT program relies on refuse fee revenue to offset a portion of the total program cost. The target cost share is 75 percent resident fee and 25 percent Town tax subsidy.

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) and Town staff continue to implement operational efficiencies and look for new ways to minimize waste to control costs and reduce the Town’s collective impact on the environment. The Town has increased its efforts to promote recycling, expanded special materials management, and established a partnership with blackearthcompost.com for residents to sign up for the curbside compost pick-up program. For more information about program services, please visit here or download the new We Recycle Brookline app.

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