Solid Waste & Recycling
The Town’s Transfer Station, recycling center, and leaf compost site accepts almost all materials generated in Branford for disposal or recycling, except for large quantities of construction/demolition materials; stumps, large trees or grass clippings; or hazardous or biomedical wastes.
The Town provides weekly collection of household trash, recyclables and cardboard for single-family homes through a private hauler, leaf collection in spring and fall, and free access to our permanent regional household hazardous waste center in New Haven 22 Saturdays a year. Rebates toward garbage and recycling collection costs are provided for condominium associations.
The Town of Branford has begun enforcing the longstanding overweight/ oversized trash container rule. Effective December 30, 2013, the Town’s refuse hauler will no longer collect trash from oversized or overweight containers. Acceptable containers must be 50 gallons or less in size, weigh less than 50 pounds and have handles. Any trash in non-conforming containers will not be collected after December 30th. An orange sticker will be placed on your trash container indicating if it is non-compliant and needs to be replaced; please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for any such sticker. Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated to ensure that there are no interruptions in service.
Upcoming Holiday Schedule
The Transfer Station will be closed for Christmas, Wednesday, December 25th, and reopening on Thursday, December 26th. Wednesday and Thursdays curbside garbage and recycling collection will be delayed one day. (Please put your items out by midnight on your collection day)
The Transfer Station will also be closed on Saturday, December 28th in observance of the Holiday.
The Transfer Station will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1st, New Years Day, and reopening on Thursday, January 2nd.
Wednesday and Thursdays curbside garbage and recycling collection will be delayed one day. (Please put your items out by midnight on your collection day)
Leaf collection season ends the week of December 16 thru 20th.
2013 FALL AND WINTER LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE
Leaf collection days for the month of November are November 4th through November 22nd. (There is no collection the week of Thanksgiving)
Collection days for the month of December begin on December 2nd, and end on December 20th.
Your leaves will be collected on your regular garbage and recycling day, but by a separate truck.
Leaves must be placed in brown paper leaf bags or loose in garbage cans.
Never place leaves in plastic bags! And never mix leaves with branches, rocks, soil, litter or any other debris.
Leaves should not be raked into the street, piled at the curb, or placed in wetlands, streams, storm drains or Land Trust property.
Paper leaf bags are available for purchase at many Branford retailers, including Big Y, Caron’s Corner, Richlin’s, Stop & Shop, Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart.
Up to 3 bags of yard waste can be disposed of with your household trash. Please place your yard waste loose in cans or in plastic bags to distinguish it from your leaf collection.
As always, make sure you put out your materials by midnight before your collection day.
Christmas Tree Pick Up
Again this year, Boy Scout Troop 428 of Branford, will pick up Christmas trees at the homes of Branford residents.
Pick up dates are:
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014 and
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Cost is $10.00 per tree.
Proceeds will be used to support the troop’s camping & equipment program.
Here’s how to have your tree picked up:
Call John Wilkinson at 203-481-5610. Please leave your name, phone number, and address.
All trees must be placed at the end of driveways if not in a prearranged location. Trees will be brought to the Transfer Station for proper disposal.
Please remember: The town does not pick up Christmas trees
Before you call…
Is there a sticker on it?
The hauler should put on orange sticker on trash or green sticker on recycling if it was left behind for a reason.
Is it too heavy?
We don’t accept cans over 50 pounds or over 50 gallons containers.
An orange sticker will be placed on your container if it is non-compliant. Please replace your container.
Your blue box…
Plastic Containers, #1 thru #7
Food & beverage containers (yogurt containers, laundry jugs, milk jugs, etc.), juice boxes, milk & juice cartons
Check to make sure the number in the small triangle on the container shows the type of plastic #1 – #7
Rinse, and place in the blue bin
Flatten, if possible
No motor oil, or pesticide bottles, laundry baskets, large items, toys, etc. No plastic bags
Newspaper, Magazines & Paper
Newspaper, inserts from Sunday paper, glossy magazines & catalogs, telephone books, office paper, junk mail and envelopes, paperboard
Place in brown paper grocery bags or bundled with string
Starting this past July, a new Connecticut law requiring the recycling of postconsumer architectural paint went into effect. Under the new program, the paint industry has set up drop-off sites throughout the state where consumers can take their unwanted paint. At this time the Transfer Station does not accept paint. Unwanted paint can be brought to HazWaste Central at 90 Sargent Drive in New Haven, or to one the drop off locations listed on the paintcare.org website or call (855) 724-6809.
Friendly reminder: HazWaste Central is closed for the season
Weekly Curbside Cardboard Collection Added
We now collect corrugated cardboard with your weekly recycling collection. Residents no longer need to store their cardboard for the discontinued monthly large cardboard day. We ask that the cardboard be flattened, cut into small pieces and bundled. A good rule of thumb is that the pieces be small enough that they would be able to fit into your blue recycling bins.
As always, unlimited amounts of cardboard that do not need to be broken down are accepted at the Transfer Station.
Due to the increased amount of recyclables now accepted with your weekly curbside collection, secondary recycling bins are available at the Transfer Station.
Solid Waste & Recycling Department
Hours of Operation:
Walk-in Hours: 7:15 am to 1:30 pm M-F
Phone staffed: 6:45 am to 3:15 M-F
Fax: 203 488-6125
Blue Recycling Bins
Recycling bins can be picked up at the Transfer Station during normal business hours. There is no charge.
Remember, residents can put junk mail, office paper and paperboard in with the newspaper for curbside collection
Mission Statement of the Department of Solid Waste & Recycling
To promote the implementation of the solid waste hierarchy of waste reduction, reuse, recycling including composting, then waste-to-energy, and responsible landfilling; to promote the conservation of natural resources in a sustainable and cost-effective manner, especially but not exclusively as it relates to solid waste and recycling and to Branford, Connecticut; and to educate the citizens of Branford and provide residents, businesses, and Town departments with choices for safe, convenient, reliable, professional, courteous, and efficient means to dispose of solid waste and recyclable materials in compliance with all applicable regulations