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. 

  North Branford Scrap Metal Pickup

 November 4th through November 8th (on your normal trash day)


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

 PLEASE NOTE: Change in Bulky Waste Pickup


 The NEW BULKY WASTE PICK UP schedule is as follows: the next bulky waste pickupwill be the week of October 7-11, 2019 and then again the week of April 6-10, 2020. (On your normal trash day) (No home clean outs).

 Examples of bulky waste are couches, mattress, rugs, and wooden furniture. 
The Town DOES NOT accept TV's, VCR's, computers the next electronic collection will be November 2, 2019 at Public Works from 9am-12noon
The Town DOES NOT accept vehicle parts and tires, construction or demolition debris. 


PLEASE NOTE: Large home clean outs are UNACCEPTABLE as curbside waste and will NOT be picked up

 Any Questions: Please call Michelle Knockwood, Purchasing Assistant/Risk Manager 203-484-6005        



North Branford Fall Leaf Collection


North Branford residents can bring their leaves to the leaf drop off center located at the Public Works Facility on Route 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following SaturdaysOctober 19, 26, November 2,  9, 16, and 23. 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

"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 sleeves, produce bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, ice bags, wood pellet bags, salt bags, and 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), snack bags (potato chips, popcorn, and candy), pet food bags, frozen food bags, and any 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 or /newweb/resources/site1/General/trex-recycling-posterpdf.pdf

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

The First Bench earned for the Town from the Plastic Film Collection.
  The School to Work students that helped with the collection.


The ReCONNstruction Center is looking for your old windows, doors, appliances, cabinets, sinks,

lighting, paint, hardware, etc.

 This is a non-profit "Green Charitable” organization with a mission to reduce the waste of natural

resources through re-use of building materials.

Drop off items or call to arrange for pickup of your donations:

731 New Britain Ave, Newington, CT (Twin City Plaza) 860-597-3390 

 Check their website for more information at:



HazWaste Central's Last Day is October 26th for the Season




Located right behind the Regional Water Authority’s headquarters,

90 Sargent Drive, New Haven


Hours are 9am to noon - Saturdays through October 26th, 2019

Note: Center is closed for the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day holiday weekends. 

You’ve asked what happens to the hazardous waste that is dropped off and here’s the answer: 
"Clean Harbors Environmental Services of New Britain, CT removes household hazardous wastes from your car, identifies it, enters it into a record keeping system and packs it into a 55-gallon drum of similar wastes.

They transport the drums to federally approved disposal sites. Some materials from HazWaste Central are incinerated in special facilities approved for disposal of hazardous wastes. Others are placed in special landfills. When possible, materials from HazWaste Central are recycled or reused.”

Want to volunteer?

Call 203-401-2712 or email ask.hazwaste@rwater.com  for information about becoming a HazWaste Central Volunteer. 



FREE Residential Electronics Recycling Event

Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9am-12Noon

North Branford Public Works, 290 Forest Road


NORTH BRANFORD — The Town of North Branford, in cooperation with Take 2, Inc. will be hosting a free residential electronics recycling collection event from 9am-Noon at the North Branford Public Works located at 290 Forest Road in Northford on the following Saturday, November 2nd  2019.  Residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted electronics to the drive-up/drive-through household electronics recycling collection. 

Take 2 Inc. will be on site to unload vehicles and safely package and transport all equipment to their Waterbury facility to be responsibly and securely recycled. For more information, you may go to www.Take2Recycle.com, email Pam@Take2Recycle.com or call 203-286-5757. 

Accepted materials include, but are not limited to:Computers, Laptops, iPods/PDAs, Modems, Printers, Stereos and Equipment, Fax Machines, Monitors, Copiers, TVs, Land/Cell Phones, Tablets, Video Games, game consoles, VCR/DVD Machines, Remotes, Keyboards, Small Appliances, Light Bulbs, Cameras, Scanners, Tablets/E-books,  Microwaves, Other Small Appliances, Batteries.

North Branford Residents may also drop off: Empty Propane Tanks*, uncontaminated waste oil, vehicle batteries and rechargeable batteries.

*Charge for size-based charge for propane tanks. As a safety reminder, please only drop off propane tanks at North Branford Recycling Center at the Public Works Facility during quarterly e-waste recycling events. Leaving propane tanks in an unattended area can be dangerous to others.

Unaccepted materials include: Smoke detectors, ballasts, paint, household hazardous waste and appliances containing Freon, i.e. air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers.

NO Smoke Detectors, NO Hazardous Materials (no lighter fluid, liquids, paint, etc.)

Please remember that we will not accept paper of any type; place in recycling barrel for curbside pickup.

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: take2recycle.com

 ABOUT TAKE 2 INC. Take 2 Inc. is a Waterbury based electronics recycler. Take 2 is approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as a Covered Electronics Recycler in conjunction with Connecticut’s Electronics Recycling Law, RCSA 22a-638-1. All equipment will be transported by Take 2 to their facility for responsible and secure recycling.

 Important Notice: For the November 2, 2019 E-Waste Collection in addition to our normal electronics drop off, we will have a special collection for  mattresses and box springs. Mattresses/box springs can be brought to Public Works which is located at 290 Forest Road in Northford between the hours  from 9 am to 12 noon.  PLEASE DO NOT bring to Public Works during the week.  This is a ONE TIME EVENT for mattresses/box springs collection.





Can’t Remember the Last Time You Used a Phone Book?

Then It’s Time to Opt Out


           Unwanted phone books are waste of resources.       

Phone books in the US use an estimated 4.68 million trees worth of wood fiber annually; that equals a forest the size of 14 football fields every single day!

 Here’s how you can opt out:

 1. Visit yellowpagesoptout.com

2. Enter your zip code and create an account

3. After completing registration, click "opt out of or order directories"

4. Choose "opt out of all" option, then "save changes" and click CONFIRM


 Get Rewarded for Recycling


Visit www.recyclebank.com and see how to earn and redeem points for discounts and deals online and at local retailers.

Learn how you can benefit the environment, and get rewarded for making the effort!



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 15 - 19, 2019 and November 4 - 8, 2019  on your normal trash day. 

Curbside leaf pick-up for 2019:   SpringApril 22-26    Fall:   November 25 - December 6,  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.   2019 collection days are:  April 6, 13, 20, 27; October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23.  The center is located behind the Police Station - drive down the road next to that building, then follow the signs.



o   New Year’s Day

o   Memorial Day

o   Fourth of July

o   Labor Day

o   Thanksgiving Day

o   Christmas Day                           

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 2019:   March 9   July 6     November 2

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

 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; Debbie Anderson,  Donna Cordone,  Debra Ferraro, Hank Petroskey, Thomas Scelfo, Donna Pursley, and Bill Savastano.  Ex-officio members: Michael Paulhus, Town Manager; Michelle Knockwood,Town Purchasing Agent / Liaison to the committee; Francis Merola, Director of Public Works.