Brewster Recycling Center

The Brewster Board of Selectmen voted on June 17 to rename the Transfer Station to the "Brewster Recycling Center." The new name reflects the town’s increased efforts to recycle more and cut the volume of trash the Town produces. A key strategy, Pay-As-You-Throw began October 1 and is already providing environmental and fiscal benefits.

Hours of Operation:

The Recycling Center is open Thursday - Monday between the hours of 8am and 3pm. The station is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Holidays.  Please check the Brewster web page for announcements about holiday closings and alternative hours we are open, if any.

Recycling Center Stickers

Resident Recycling Center stickers can be obtained at the Brewster Chamber of Commerce Office, at the rear downstairs entrance to the Brewster Town Offices, 2198 Main Street from June through Labor Day Weekend. At all other times of year, current stickers and replacement stickers are available in the Selectmen’s office. Residents may also purchase their stickers by mail. A Brewster Recycling Center Sticker is required on all vehicles entering the Recycling Center.

  • First Vehicle permit: $45.00
  • Additional Vehicle permit: $10.00 each

Brewster Recycling Center Location:

201 Run Hill Road, Brewster, MA 02631 (map & directions)
Tel 508-896-3212
Fax 508-896-4540
Information Line 508 896 9665

Pay As You Throw

Brewster began a new solid-waste management program on October 1, 2013 called Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT).  Click here to download a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

All Brewster Recycling Center users must dispose of trash in special Brewster PAYT bags. Refuse must be placed in those bags prior to disposal. Recyclables don’t need to be bagged and recycling.paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal containers continue to be handled as they have been.

PAYT bags for refuse are available in 3 sizes:

  • $2 each for a 33 gallon bag which hold about 25 pounds; like a yard waste bag
  • $1 each for a 15 gallon bag which holds about 12 pounds; like a kitchen-sized bag
  • 50 cents each for an 8 gallon bag, similar to an office or bathroom trash bag, generally used by very small households.

Household Hazard Waste Collection Days:

Hazardous materials are collected at the Harwich Transfer Station off Queen Anne Road in Harwich. Collection Days are held from 9am - noon on the second Satruday during the months of May, June, July, August, September and October. These collections provide a good opportunity to clean out cellars, garages, and sheds of household hazardous materials such as pesticides, lawn chemicals, cleaners, etc. Please watch the newspapers for notification as well as flyers and postings at the Recycling Center. 2016 Hazardous Waste Collection Brochure is available in PDF format

Hazardous waste from small business "Very Small Quantity Generators" maybe be disposed of at cost by arrangement. Click here to download information and forms.

Old and Unused Paint:

The Brewster Recycling Center also maintains an old/unused paint collection program. Old or unused paints, at least 3/4s full or more may be brought, to the station where others may find them useful. All remaining paint is then shipped to a reuse facility or are used as a fuel source. Oil-based and water-based paints are accepted, but cannot be mixed. Please see one of the attendants for access to the Paint Recycling Shed. Please note that the Paint Recycling Shed will be closing at the end of November and will reopen in April. This is also a good way to eliminate potentially hazardous/problematic materials from your home. Smaller amounts may be disposed of by pouring over cat litter or other soluble material and then thrown away with household trash.

Clothing Donations:

Clothing can be donated to various organizations. Clothing donation bins are located near the Scouts 5 cent returnable shed located near the gatehouse. Local scouting groups separate returnable bottles and cans on a weekly schedule and coordinate returns through a local recycling facility. The funds generated go to a good cause and are appreciated by the scouts - both male and female groups.

Recycling

A printable  Brewster Recycling Guide  is available for download and includes information about where and what can be recycled at the Brewster Recycling Center.

The Recycling Commission page has a guide to resources for recycling as well as composting and reuse of material.