Hazardous Waste

Please Note: Our First Hazardous Waste drop-off day for the season will be Tuesday May 5th, 2020.

Find out how to dispose of hazardous waste.

As a reminder, household hazardous recycling drop off days will be every Tuesday (7:30 am- 12:30 pm).

Hazardous waste day gives residents of Brookline a chance to dispose of certain household materials the right way!

  • Town of Brookline residents only.
  • Proof of residency is required.
  • Be prepared to wait.
  • This is a free drop-off service.
  • No commercial waste is accepted!

Residents with more than a trunk load must make an appointment during our open season with Ed Gilbert by calling 617-879-4908 or emailing.

What to Bring

Hazardous Waste

From the House

  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaners, spot removers, polishes
  • Filled aerosol can 
  • Flea collar products
  • Hobby / artist supplies
  • Light Bulbs, CFLs
  • Mercury containing products
  • Mothballs
  • Oven, drain, and toilet cleaners
  • Photo chemicals
  • TVs, CRTs, and electronics

From the Yard

  • Chemical fertilizers
  • Fungicides
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Propane tanks
  • Weed killers
  1. Ed Gilbert

    Environmental Health Supervisor

  2. Household Hazardous Recycling Drop Off Center

    Physical Address
    815 Newton St.
    Brookline, MA 02467


    Phone: 617-879-4908

    Tuesday's from May - October
    7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    May be closed due to inclement weather

From the Garage

  • Antifreeze and used motor oil
  • Brake and transmission fluid
  • Car batteries
  • Car polish
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Driveway sealer
  • Engine degreaser
  • Fuels, gasoline, and kerosene
  • Pool chemicals
  • Tires

From the Workbench

  • Adhesive, glue, and resins
  • Lighter fluid
  • Oil base paints
  • Paint strippers / thinners
  • Sealants
  • Solvents and varnishes
  • Wood preservative

What Not to Bring

  • Ammunition, fireworks, and explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Butane, other flammable gases
  • Commercial / industrial waste
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Construction materials
  • Empty aerosol cans- can be placed in the trash
  • Empty containers- can be placed in the trash
  • Infectious/ biological wastes
  • Latex paint: Please see below for a detailed description on how to properly dispose of latex paint. 
  • Non-hazardous materials
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs)
  • Prescription medicines – can be taken to the Brookline Police Station
  • Radioactive waste
  • Smoke detectors- can be placed in the trash

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) inside your trash carts on your collection day. The lid must be off!


How to Transport Materials Safely

  • Leave materials in original container
  • Tighten caps and lids
  • Sort and pack separately
  • Never mix chemicals
  • Do not place hazardous waste in a garbage bag
  • Never smoke while handling hazardous material
  • Put containers in sturdy upright boxes / pad with newspaper