How To Recycle

How to Recycle

There are several ways in which you can recycle non-trash items:

Curbside Single-Stream Recycling

  Effective January 2013, most recyclable items can be placed in your new blue barrels. Our current Recycling Card shows you what you can/cannot recycle.

North Branford Recycling Center

  The Recycling Center is located adjacent to North Branford’s Public Works facility. When the Public Works office is open and staffed, residents can drop off cell phones, household and rechargeable batteries, vehicle batteries, and uncontaminated waste oil.  Please see the secretary or other town worker before leaving your item.


Special Recycling Programs

   Periodically special collections are made for other recyclable items, such as electronics, propane and helium tanks, and used tires.  Typically, these special collections are held several times a year; dates are published on our Recycling Card, in local papers, on our phone Hotline, on Totoket TV, and on this website. 

   North Branford also provides a Leaf Drop-off program each spring and fall.  This is also located at the Public Works facility. Only leaves are accepted; no branches, tree stumps, etc.  All leaves must be either loose or in biodegradable leaf bags.  NO PLASTIC BAGS.  The drop-off area is located at the very rear portion of the Public Works / Police Station complex;  when the drop-off program is open, there will be signs posted on Route 22 directing you to the drop-off area.  Volunteers man the collection – and we’re always looking for residents to help us in this effort!

Household hazardous waste comes from everyday products used in the home, garage, yard or garden. By definition, they are corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive. These products can be disposed of for free at HazWaste Central. Because the chemicals are safely collected, the land and important waterways are not polluted. A visit to HazWaste Central is quick and easy. Participants never have to leave their cars, and the waste is off-loaded by professionals.  Click here for a list of the types of hazardous waste you can / should bring.

HazWaste Central is located on Sargent Drive (Long Wharf Exit 46 off I-95) in New Haven, at the Regional Water Authority building parking lot.    It operates from 9 AM to noon on Saturdays only from mid-May till mid-October. Specific dates / holiday exceptions can be found on their website:


Bulky Waste Pickup

   North Branford provides collection of items that are too big to fit into regular weekly trash, and which do not qualify for recycling. Examples are tree limbs, box springs, picnic tables, wooden furniture, household appliances, etc. Items should be placed at your curbside for pickup.  However, there are two exceptions:  No scrap vehicle parts; you cannot use this to "clean out” an entire household.  If you are cleaning out a home because of a move, death, nursing home placement, etc., please contact one of the many organizations that will pick up furniture, clothing, housewares, small appliances, etc., such as Big Brothers Big Sisters  (toll free: 1-877-399-2570); the Salvation Army or  Goodwill Industries



  Another form of recycling is composting. A compost pile is comprised of leaves, grass clippings and other organic matter such as fruits and vegetables. Eventually, this pile decomposes into humus or compost. This may be used to provide nutrients to the soil, reduce the need for fertilizers, protect the soil from erosion and keep organic wastes from having to be land-filled or incinerated.