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. 


Click here for information regarding pricing for the E-Waste event on Saturday, November 5, 2022, located at Public Works, 290 Forest Rd, Northford event will be held between 9 am-12noon


Click here 2022 Recycling/Trash Information



Recycling News


Please do not leave e-waste (including TVs, computers, printers) curbside;

it will not get picked up!


***Mattress and Box Spring collection & recycling***

Drop off your old mattresses and box springs at no charge;

items should not be wet or excessively soiled.


All Items for drop off need to be accessible in vehicle trunk or truck bed.

Please remain in vehicle while at the recycling event.  

Keep safe distance between vehicles.

Thank you for your cooperation!


 Call for more info at recycling hotline: 203-484-4091



HazWaste Central Open for the Season

o    All HazWaste Central participants are required to pre-register online. Paper forms will not be available.

o    Household hazardous waste items must be accessible in the trunk or truck bed of your vehicle.

o    Participants are asked to wear a face mask while at the HazWaste Central facility and to stay in their vehicles.

o    Containers used to transport waste items will not be returned. Please bring items in disposable containers.


For more information go to www.rwater.com, call 203-401-2712or email ask.hazwaste@rwater.com


Due to Health Crisis

Plastic Film Drop Off Suspended


Please save plastic film at home until further notice.

Updates soon on program restart.


Thank You!



Week of April 18th and November 7th on your scheduled pickup day

*No home cleanouts*


Hello Everyone,

The HazWaste Central (HWC) 2021 collection season will kick off on Saturday, May 21, 2021, celebrating 31 years of protecting the environment.

Click here for a list of items that we accept

This year, we will follow social distancing practices and additional safety procedures to protect the health of our customers and employees. HWC will not use volunteers to assist with directing traffic or helping incoming residents on collection days as we have in the past. An agreement has been reached with Clean Harbors Environmental Services whereby they will provide two additional workers to help greet incoming residents and verify the type and quantity of waste being dropped off. Clean Harbors will provide this service for free until July 1, 2020, at which time this service and its cost will be evaluated.

Signs will be posted along the traffic pattern indicating delivery instructions, participating member towns, the sign-in website and sign-in QR code to minimize interaction with customers. Paper forms will be eliminated and all customers will be required to sign-in online from their computer or smart phone. This will be accomplished by using a Smartsheet form that HWC began using two years ago. The mechanism is already functional and we know it provides the necessary municipal participation data.

The HazWaste Coordinator will wear gloves, a mask and face-covering shield, and will remain at least six feet from residents’ vehicles. Each resident will be directed to the off-loading area where Clean Harbors’ employees, wearing appropriate PPE, will remove the household hazardous waste from the resident’s trunk or truck bed and direct the resident to exit the property.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at 203-889-1981.


Best regards,

Lori Vitagliano
Government and Public Relations Specialist
South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

 PLEASE NOTE: Change in Bulky Waste Pickup


 The NEW BULKY WASTE PICK UP schedule is as follows: the next bulky waste pickup will be the week of April 18-22, 2021 November 7-11, 2022, 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 dates are as follows:  March 5, July 9 and November 5, 2022 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 Saturdays April 2, 9, 16, 23 October 15, 22, 29  November 5, 12, and 19. 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:






Located right behind the Regional Water Authority’s headquarters,

90 Sargent Drive, New Haven


Hours are 9am to noon - Saturdays May 2, 2022 through October 29, 2022

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. 



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: Week of April 4th and week of  October 24th,  2022   on your normal trash day. 

Curbside leaf pick-up for 2021: Spring: April 25-29, 2022    Fall:   November 28 - December 9, 2021,  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.   2022 collection days are:   April 2, 9, 16, 23: October 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 19, 2022. 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   July 4, 2022

o   Labor Day

o     Thanksgiving 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 2021:   March 5, July 9 and November 5

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