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Posted on: May 19, 2016

Illegal Dumping


Town of Brookline: Illegal Dumping

Sanitation and Recycling Mission:
Protect the public health and safety of the Town of Brookline by providing quality municipal solid waste services and environmental programs that are safe, efficient, cost effective, and environmentally responsible.

The disposal of waste generated at one area but left at another without the proper permits and/or permission. This includes Brookline municipal properties, commercial properties, and any private residence located in Brookline.

Why Brookline takes illegal dumping so seriously:
There is a potential risk of physical injury when handling unknown items in unmarked bags/containers.

Illegal dumping poses a public health risk.
Illegal dumping attracts rodents.
Illegal dumping has an effect on the Town’s aesthetics.
Illegal dumping creates odors when left untouched.
Enforcing and cleaning up illegal dumping safely can be costly and dangerous to residents and town employees.

Who you should call:
If you see or come into contact with illegal dumping, you should take the proper action. You should never transport unlabeled or unsecured items that do not belong to you.
If you see someone illegally dumping on your property or another Brookline property:
o Call 9-1-1
If someone has left waste on your property:
o Call Department of Public Works, Sanitation Enforcement Division- 617-879-4900
o You can also utilize Brookline’s BrookONline ( anonymous citizen reporting app to report illegal dumping.

How to avoid the potential for illegal dumping:
Make sure all trash and recycling carts are brought back on your property from the curb by midnight of your trash collection day.
Take hazardous wastes (such as used motor oil, antifreeze, tires, propane tanks, household chemicals, and oil based paints) to household hazardous products drop-off days at 815 Newton Street every Tuesday 7:30am-12:30 pm May through October. Ask a neighbor if you cannot make the listed times.
Put bulky items at the curb on your trash collection day. This is a free service for residents who subscribe to Town trash/recycling services.
If you have a dumpster on your property, make sure it is locked when not in use.
Put up signs that will deter people from illegal dumping.

Enforcement Procedure:
If the DPW receives a complaint regarding illegal dumping, the following procedures occur:
Complaint is received and given to Brookline’s sanitation inspector, who will investigate the claim.
If there is evidence of illegal dumping, a warning notice and/or fine will be sent to the alleged violator. The claim will then be entered into Brookline’s internal tracking system.
If waste is not removed and/or cleaned up within 24 hours following contacting the alleged violator, violators may receive a fine of up to $300.

Brookline’s strategy:
The Department of Public Works, Sanitation Division, has taken the necessary steps to limit the amount of illegal dumping that occurs. Based on strategic implementation, Brookline has low rates of illegal dumping compared to other communities.
Items that have contributed to this success include:
All open litter barrels have been replaced by sealed big belly litter units which limit the ability to illegally dump large objects.
Open dumpsters have been replaced by sealed compactors at all Brookline schools and recreational facilities.
A full-time sanitation inspector who is able to enforce all Brookline bylaws in regards to solid waste.
The use of warnings or fines following illegal dumping complaints.
Events such as household hazardous products drop-off day that allow all residents (regardless of town subscription) to drop off non-accepted curbside waste.
o Household hazardous products drop-off days
815 Newton Street
Tuesdays, 7:30am-12:30pm
May through October

Sharps, lightbulbs, and battery drop-off locations:
o Public Health Center
11 Pierce St., 3rd Floor, Brookline, MA 02445
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
o Municipal Service Center
870 Hammond St., Brookline, MA 02445
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Any prescription or over the counter medication can be taken to the Brookline Public Safety Building:
o Brookline Public Safety Building
350 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445
Special Pickups:
o If you are a Brookline resident and subscribe to town trash/recycling service, you are able to call ahead to arrange a special pickup for certain items. These include computers, TV’s, and metal. Items such as couches, bureaus, mattresses, or other bulky items can be placed next to your regular trash.
o If you live in a building/residence that is not subscribed to town service you must check with your waste hauler for proper disposal.

Brookline DPW works tirelessly to minimize the amount of illegal dumping that occurs. Please do your part and keep Brookline clean!

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