Monday, August 10, 2020


Household Hazardous Waste Program Formally Commences


In order to protect our natural environment from harmful materials, regulations for the collection of refuse have been significantly tightened in recent decades. While these actions are vital from a public health perspective, they also make the disposal of certain common household goods difficult. Although several area nonprofit organizations work admirably to fill this service gap by offering periodic hard-to-recycle collection events, Brentwood recognizes that requiring residents to gather unwanted goods in a basement or garage and then to haul these items to an outlying municipality poses an inconvenience. The Borough additionally acknowledges that a lack of a local disposal option unfortunately encourages some individuals to discard these materials illegally. Beginning August 1st, a curbside solution is arriving in our community. Brentwood has contracted with Waste Management to offer a household hazardous waste collection program to residential customers. This initiative allows for the no cost disposal of automotive products, household chemicals, lawn & garden chemicals, pool chemicals, paint products, and electronics. Note that residents remain prohibited from placing these items at the curb on their regular refuse collection day. Rather, customers will contact Waste Management directly at 800-449-7587 or via to schedule an appointment. For more information, please view the attached flyer

Refuse Vendor Resumes Normal Operations

Effective May 4th, Waste Management has eliminated the majority of the restrictions that it implemented in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Residents are now once again permitted to dispose of properly bagged yard waste and one bulk item per week. The company will additionally remove oversized recyclables, such as cardboard boxes, if placed next to the designated bin. To protect employees from exposure to potentially contaminated kitchen waste and healthcare supplies, please continue to tightly seal your trash bags and to utilize cans to the greatest extent possible.   

Waste Management Temporarily Alters Operations to Protect Employees

Due to the effects of the coronavirus, many organizations have been forced to alter their operations. Contracted vendor Waste Management is committed to removing residential trash and recyclables in accordance with the established schedule. However, in order to reduce the risk of employee infection, the company is temporarily suspending the collection of loose items. Until further notice, please adhere to the following

  • Place all refuse in a sealed bag. If you have a trash container, please use it to the greatest extent possible.
  • Bulk waste will not be collected. This category includes items such as furnishings, appliances, and rolled carpets. Please contact the Public Works Department regarding possible disposal options.
  • Yard waste will not be collected. Please contact the Public Works Department regarding possible disposal options.
  • Ensure that all recyclables fit within the confines of a designated bin.
  • Oversized recyclables will not be collected if placed separately next to your container. Cardboard and other packaging material must be broken down so as to fit within your bin.

Waste Management is implementing these restrictions in communities nationwide, and it is anticipated that they will be in place through at least the end of April.