Single Stream Recycling


Acceptable Items

  • Aluminum - foil, food and beverage containers
  • Brown paper bags
  • Cartons (milk cartons, orange juice, all wax covered paper cartons, etc.)
  • Cereal boxes (please remove plastic liner)
  • Empty aerosol cans (no flammable liquids)
  • Glass – food and beverage containers (brown, blue, clear or green)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Old corrugated boxes - cardboard (no pizza boxes)
  • Paper - newspaper, office paper, white paper, colored paper
  • Plastic - all plastics 1-7 (milk containers, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles, bleach bottles, etc.)
  • Telephone books
  • Tin and steel cans

Non-Acceptable Items

  • Auto glass or ceramics
  • Batteries
  • Film canisters
  • Food waste
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Paper towels, plates, and cups
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic grocery bags (please return to supermarket)
  • Porcelain
  • Propane / butane canisters
  • Rigid Plastics (toys, crates, plastic pools, etc.)
  • Stickers, labels and backings
  • Styrofoam (many people try to recycle Styrofoam but it is non-recyclable in Brookline)
  • Wood

Message from the Brookline Solid Waste Advisory Committee
Dear Resident,

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is a group of citizen volunteers appointed by the Town Selectmen. Its mission is simply stated: advise the Selectmen on the best ways to reduce municipal solid waste. We are committed to moving Brookline toward a goal of being a “zero waste” community.

That you are reading this message suggests that you share that interest. Thank you. Your efforts make fiscal and environmental sense.

Single stream takes the guesswork out of recycling. It makes recycling more convenient. It allows for automatic or semi-automatic collection. It responds to increasingly sophisticated sorting machinery. It even tidies up our streets.

As collection and disposal expenses continue to rise and as we become more aware of our environmental responsibilities, the challenges of municipal solid waste policy are increasing. SWAC will continue to advocate for changes that will be fiscally responsible, equitable, and better for the environment.

Please continue to acquaint yourself with Brookline's efforts and expectations by closely reading Brookline Works, by checking the website, by regularly reading the "Recycling Corner" in the TAB, by calling the Department of Public Works, and by informing yourself about best practices in surrounding towns and cities, across the United States and internationally.

Thank you,
Solid Waste Advisory Committee

  • John Dempsey, Chair
  • Barbara Field
  • Amie Lindenboim
  • Clint Richmond
  • Susan Rittling
  • Cynthia Snow

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