Hazardous Waste & Recycling Committee



The purpose of North Branford’s Solid/Hazardous Waste and Recycling Committee is to develop and implement environmentally sound solutions and best practices for solid waste disposal and recycling management on behalf of our town.   We hope that this information will assist you in our efforts.  In addition to this website, residents can get information from the Recycling Hotline: 203-484-4091. This is a recording only; you cannot speak to anyone at this number.    If you would like to contact the committee with a question about recycling, or volunteer to help in one of our activities, email us by clicking here  If you have a question specifically about trash (garbage), please call John's Refuse at 203-484-0281. 

Help celebrate Earth Day in our Town by enhancing and maintaining the natural beauty of our Town.
WHO? - Anyone who wants to make a difference.
WHAT? - Participate in taking care of our community.
WHERE? - Anywhere: your back yard, neighborhood, school grounds, town parks, and public trails.
WHY? - Anything to help our environment is a great thing to do on Earth Day; help make every day Earth Day.
HOW? - Plant a tree, or wildflowers, clean up litter in your yard and your neighborhood, reuse, repurpose, and recycle.
Be North Branford/Northford Proud!


North Branford Spring Leaf Collection

Spring into raking!  North Branford residents can bring their leaves to the leaf drop off center located at the Public Works Facility on Route 22 from 9:00am to 3:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays this Spring:  April 8, 15, 22 and 29. Follow the signs. Please place leaves in biodegradable brown leaf bags or empty them loose onto the ground. As a reminder, we are always looking for volunteers to help out at the leaf drop off center.
For more information, please call the recycling hotline at 203-484-4091


North Branford Scrap Metal Pickup
April 17th through April 21st

The Spring scrap metal pickup will be collected the same day as your regular weekly trash pickup. 

 Please note: scrap metal cannot be placed at the curb until the week before your scheduled pickup day; thank you.

  For more information, please call the recycling hotline at 203-484-4091


The 2017 Recycling/Trash Information Cards

are available in all town public buildings for your convenience,

if you have not received one.


Have questions about what to do with specific items that may not be listed on the Recycling Card?  Please click on FAQs above, and see "What do I do with....?" for a more comprehensive list of items that can be recycled, and what to do with things that can't (like Fire Extinguishers).

 "Please Don't Feed the Storm Drain"

Storm drains are designed to only carry rainfall runoff from our streets into our local waterways.

Anything but water can contribute to water pollution and drainage issues. Help avoid potential flooding by clearing snow and ice in the winter months from around storm drains. Snow, ice and debris can interfere with drainage and clog storm drains causing hazardous street flooding and freezing.


Remember: Only Rain in the Drain!

The North Branford Solid/Hazardous Waste and Recycling Committee's

Plastic Film Recycling Program

Grocers and retailers are accepting plastic bags such as grocery bags, newspaper bags, produce bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, and even zipper bags for recycling. They also accept plastic wraps from water bottle cases, diapers, bathroom tissue, and paper towels, as well as bubble wrap and shipping pillowsPlastic bags with recycling symbols 2 or 4 ARE accepted.  Plastic bags with recycling symbols 5 or 7 (i.e. salad and grape bags), and used re-sealable bags with food residue are NOT accepted. Plastic bags and wraps get recycled into products such as new grocery bags, benches, and decking.
  That’s quite a list of items that are currently going in the trash that can be recycled.  However, they cannot go into your blue recycling bin.
There are bins to collect these items are located around town: Country Paint and Hardware, T.J’s Launderette, Town Hall, Atwater and Smith Libraries, STW Community Center, Northford Store and The Food Pantry of North Branford.  
If you cannot make it to the above locations, please bring these items to Big Y, Stop and Shop, Target, and/or Wal-Mart.  There are bins in the front of each store for plastic bag and plastic film recycling.

The plastic bags and wraps must be clean and dry and placed in storefront recycling bins.
 There are a growing number of locations in which plastic bags and wraps can be recycled, but awareness of this program is still low. A recent survey showed that many Connecticut residents do not know where they can recycle plastic bags. For more information on what can be recycled and where, visit www.plasticfilmrecycling.org.

 For more information like us on Facebook at North Branford CT Hazardous Waste & Recycling Committee.


Next Electronics Recycling

 Saturday March 11, 2017     

9:00 AM till Noon

North Branford Recycling Center (Public Works - Route 22)

 Can’t wait until our town's March collection?

Take 2 Electronics, has a site open to all CT residents where you can bring your electronics for recycling.

Located at 295 South Leonard Street in Waterbury;

hours are Monday thru Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM,

Saturdays from 8:00 AM till Noon.  No charge.

You may also attend another recycling event listed on their website;

check under One-Day events for a date/location convenient for you.

For more information call 800-209-9322, or visit their website 


Why Recycle
How to Recycle
What do I do with...???
New Residents
The 4 R's


Important Trash Pick-up Information

Place trash and recycling curbside the night before your scheduled pick up day or before 6:00 AM the day of your scheduled pick up. Please be sure to position your barrels so that the handle and wheels face away from the road.

Scrap metal pick up is twice a year:   April 17 - 21, 2017 and November 6 - 10, 2017  on your normal trash day. 

Curbside leaf pick-up for 2017:   Spring: May 1 - 5    Fall:   November 27 - December 8,  on your normal trash day.  Leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags. 

The leaf drop-off center adjacent to the Public Works facility is open on Saturdays 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.   2017 collection days are:  April 8, 15, 22, 29;   November 4, 11, 18, 25.  The center is located behind the Police Station - drive down the road next to that building, then follow the signs.

The following are trash holidays and no trash or recycling will be picked up. Your pick-up will be delayed one day: If a holiday is on the weekend there is no change to the weekly pickup schedule. If a holiday falls on a Friday, only Friday trash pickup will be delayed a day. If a holiday is on a Monday then your trash pickup is delayed a day.  

Trash holidays    

    • New Year's Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Fourth of July
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Christmas


Electronic Waste Collection: e.g. TV's, CD/DVD Players, VCR's, computers, monitors, printers) - North Branford Recycling Center 9:00 - 12:00 noon.   Dates for this event for 2017:   March 11    July 8     November 4

Clean motor oil can be brought to the Public Works facility during normal business hours.

Christmas Tree pick-up  will be held for two weeks in January, January 2 - 13, 2017 on your normal trash day.

 What do I do with......???    We have tried to put as much information as possible on our Recycling Card; still, there are a number of items that you might have questions about how to recycle or dispose of.  As we resolve questions about these items, we post them on the alphabetical list "What do I do with....???" (click on the FAQ button up above).  We will try to keep this list as current as possible - both trash haulers and recycling companies frequently change how things are handled based on new legislation, technology improvements, etc.   



Mary Bigelow, Chair; Deborah Anderson,  Elizabeth Boissard, Alison Caron, Donna Cordone,  Debra Ferraro, Hank Petroskey, Thomas Scelfo.  Ex-officio members: Michael Paulhus, Town Manager; Michelle Knockwood,Town Purchasing Agent / Liaison to the committee; Francis Merola, Director of Public Works.