What do I do with my hazardous waste in the winter?
November is here, meaning hazardous waste will be coming to an end for the season. Until the first Tuesday in May 2016, there are numerous options to help you handle your hazardous waste the right way! These options are open year round.

Please Note: Hazard Waste days in Brookline will be Tuesdays (No Thursday hours) From May thru October 2016. Hours are 0730 AM to 1230 PM at 815 Newton Street.

Mercury products:

Thermostats, thermometers may be dropped off at:
Public Health Center

11 Pierce St.
2nd floor
Brookline, MA 02445
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Batteries:

Please note that alkaline batteries can be thrown into the trash. They are no longer listed as a hazardous material by the Environmental Protection Agency. Most of your standard household batteries fall into this category. However, rechargeable, Nickel-Cadnium (Ni-Cd) Batteries, Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries, Silver Oxide Batteries, car batteries, and other larger types of batteries are considered hazardous and should be handled appropriately. Recycle these batteries at the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St. or the Town Hall 4th floor DPW Office front desk. Follow the instructions on the box before placing them in the box.

CFL’s:

CFL "light bulb" drop off containers for small bulbs and no larger than 4-foot tubes are located at:

Public Health Center
11 Pierce St.
2nd floor
Brookline, MA 02445
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Municipal Service Center
870 Hammond St.
Brookline, MA 02445
Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Any bulb over 4 feet in length must be dropped off during hazardous waste day so please hold onto until next season. Small bulbs must be in sealed plastic bags and placed in the container gently. Please read the instructions on the top of the container before using. This is a free service for Brookline residents only; no business or commercial CFLs will be accepted!

Needles/Sharps:

Used needles/sharps can be taken to the Brookline Public Health Center. Note: Needles must be in a concealed container to prevent any loose needles from being handled. Please use old coffee containers, gallon jugs, or any other item that will safely conceal loose needles.

Public Health Center
11 Pierce St.
2nd floor
Brookline, MA 02445
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Perscription and over the counter medicines:

Any prescription or over the counter medication can be taken to the Brookline Police station kiosk at:

Brookline Police Department
350 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445

Clothing Trailer:

This is available to all residents 7 days per week for dropping off used clothing, shoes and cloth material. Please put all material into the chutes in front of the trailer. Do not leave trash in this area! We need your help to make this a successful program so please all clothing goes into the trailer, no trash or non-recyclable items outside the trailer.

Location: 815 Newton Street, directly across from the entrance of Skyline Park in South Brookline. Again, please make sure all clothing goes into the trailer, no trash or non-recyclable items are allowed outside the trailer.

Latex Paint:

Many residents come to dispose latex/acrylic paint. We do not dispose of latex/acrylic paint at hazardous waste drop-off days. Here is the proper method to disposing of latex/acrylic and any other water based paints:

1. Add equal parts kitty litter to the paint in the can (one part paint to one part kitty litter). If you have more than a half a can, you can also pour the paint into a lined cardboard box, then pour in kitty litter.
2. Stir the kitty litter into the paint until it has an oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out.
3. Allow the paint and kitty litter mixture to sit for a few days.
Once dry, place the dried paint (in the can with the lid off) next to your waste carts on your collection day. The lid must be off!

NOTE: NO LATEX PAINT

Special Pickups:

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. If you are not a subscriber, you must contact your landlord to figure out how to dispose of these items.

Recycling decals/ Yard waste stickers:

If you are an avid recycler, feel free to pick up “We Recycle Brookline” stickers located in Town Hall, 4th floor DPW Office front desk or the Municipal Service Center located at 870 Hammond St. Yard waste stickers are also available at both locations.

Moving?:

Do you have hazardous products between November and April?
If you are moving out of Brookline or if you have any questions on how to dispose of hazardous material, contact Ed Gilbert by calling (617)-879-4908 or emailing egilbert@brooklinema.gov.

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1. When is my trash and recycling picked up?
2. Where does my trash and recycling go?
3. How do I get a blue recycling cart?
4. What happens if my collection day falls on a holiday?
5. What do I do with my hazardous waste?
6. What do I do with my hazardous waste in the winter?
7. Are there any restrictions on what I can put in my trash?
8. What are special pickups?
9. Who do I call if I see illegal dumping?
10. What should I do with yard waste?