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Town Of Brookline Announces Public Building Closures & Trash Pickup Delay Due To Snow Storm


The Town of Brookline and Department of Public Works Commissioner Erin Gallentine report that there will be no trash or recycling pickup on Friday and that all Town offices will be closed in anticipation of a significant snowstorm.

The Brookline Emergency Management Team, which includes the Department of Public Works, Police, and Office of Emergency Management, are preparing for a storm forecast to potentially bring heavy snow to the area on Friday.

Town of Brookline offices, libraries, the Brookline Senior Center and all recreation programs will be closed on Friday.

A snow emergency parking ban has not been declared. But with forecasts predicting 8 to 12 inches of snow for the Brookline area, trash and recycling collection will not occur on Friday.

Trash and recycling pickup are on a holiday schedule this week due to Presidents’ Day. Trash and Recycling collection scheduled for Friday will now be delayed by an additional day. Pick-up will occur on Saturday. Trash collection scheduled Saturday will be delayed by an additional day. Pick-up will occur on Sunday. Recycling collection for this Sunday has been canceled. Unfortunately, the contractor does not have staff to support recycling collection on Sunday.

“I want to thank the Brookline community for their cooperation and understanding as we work to address this winter storm and its expected impacts,” said Commissioner Gallentine. “I would also like to remind residents and business owners that school vacation ends this weekend, so ensuring that sidewalks and ramps are clear by Monday is important.”

The Town of Brookline requires property owners to keep sidewalks contiguous to their property in a non-slippery condition for pedestrian travel by clearing all ice and snow from a pathway at least 36 inches in width.

Residences with fewer than four family units must comply with the sidewalk clearing bylaws within 30 hours of a storm’s end. Commercial properties and multi-family properties with more than four units must comply within three hours of a storm’s end. Failure to comply can lead to a notice from the town, or fines of $100 to $250 per day.

If you own a property or business in town, please remember to:

  • Maintain all sidewalks abutting your property or business in a non-slippery condition free of ice and snow.
  • If you are out of town, or are unable to clear ice and snow due to physical limitations, please be sure to have someone else prepared to maintain the sidewalk for you.
  • Clear openings at intersections and crosswalks so pedestrians can cross safely.
  • Always have a supply of ice-melt (CaCl2 or KCL) on hand and apply frequently after a storm and during the winter season to prevent snow from packing down and forming ice.
  • Whenever possible, please assist your Public Safety Departments by clearing catch basins and snow-covered fire hydrants adjacent to your property.

Alert Brookline is Brookline’s call/e-mail/text emergency notification system, used to communicate during or in preparation for an emergency. Please make sure to sign-up here to receive not only snow emergency related messages about parking bans and impacts to the refuse schedule, but also CoViD-19 related notifications and other critical information from the Emergency Management Team.