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Brookline Residents Are Invited To Take Part In Food Waste Drop-Off Bin Survey


The Brookline Department of Public Works would like to invite residents to complete a community survey about the new Community Food Waste Drop-Off Bin Pilot Program.  

The program will launch in the summer of 2024 and Brookline DPW has developed a community survey that lists possible food waste collection bin locations and is asking residents to vote on their preferred sites.

Four bins will be placed, three in North Brookline and one in South Brookline. The survey can be found here and will be available until Sunday, March 31, 2024. Community members who fill out the survey have an opportunity to participate in gift card raffles with prizes from Brookline-based businesses including Allandale Farm’s Store, Brookline Booksmith, and Clear Flour Bakery.

This program is a part of Brookline’s ongoing effort to increase access to composting and divert waste away from incineration. Composting is meant to help increase soil health, decrease the volume of food waste, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions from waste incineration. Potential bin locations were considered based on proximity to the MBTA stations, Environmental Justice Neighborhoods, and Brookline Housing Authority properties.

The bins are rodent-proof and will be available to Brookline residents at no cost. Due to limited capacity, businesses and other institutions are not eligible to participate in the program.

To learn more about the different composting initiatives in Brookline, please visit here.