Recycling Center Information

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, will begin October 1 and is expected to provide 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.  Should a holiday fall on a Monday, the transfer station will be open on the following Tuesday.

Resident Transfer Station 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. Beginning July 1, 2013 a Transfer Station Sticker will be required on all vehicles entering the Transfer and Recycling Station. You may also purchase your sticker by mail, click here for an application.

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 will begin a new solid-waste management program on October 1, 2013 called Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT). A Frequently Asked Questions sheet is available for download in PDF format.

On that date, all Brewster Transfer Station users will 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 will continue to be handled as they have been. PAYT bags for refuse will 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 Transfer Station. The 2013 Poster is available in PDF format.

Old and Unused Paint:

The Transfer Station also maintains an old/unused paint collection program. Old or unused paints 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.

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 2013 Brewster Recycling Guide is available for download and includes information about where and what can be recycled at the Brewster Transfer Station.

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

Transfer Station Fees (Updated Sept. 2011)

Please note: Fees will be changing as of 10/3/13. Click here to download an updated schedule of fees.

RESIDENTIAL ITEM

UNIT

RATE

COMMENTS

Household Trash/Garbage

 

 

No Charge with Sticker - Brewster Waste Only

Recycling: paper, cardboard, glass/plastic/metal cans only

 

 

No Charge with Sticker - Brewster Residents Only

Bulky Waste

 

 

 

Bulk/Handyman Demolition Debris

Ton

$150

$5 Minimum - aka "Bulky Waste" or "Demo"

Mattresses/Box Springs

Ea

$20

Mattress + Box Spring = 2 Units

Sofas/Love Seats/Up

Ea

$20

 

Upholstered Chairs

Ea

$20

 

Carpet < 4ft x 6ft

 

 

No Charge - Treat as Trash

Carpet > 4ft x 6ft

Ea

$30

Place in Bulky Waste Bin

Yard Clean-up Materials

 

 

Brewster Residential Sources Only

Brush

Load

$10

Less than 12 inch dia, 4 feet long, NO Stumps

Leaves/Grass/Yard Waste

Load

$5

Rakeable Materials - Up to three bags are FREE

Manure

Load

$5

Vegetarian Animals Only, 1 Ton Max

Scrap Metal

 

 

 

Bulk Disposal

Ton

$100

$1 Minimum. Includes Riding Equipment

Refrigerators

Ea

$20

 

Air Conditioner/ Dehumidifier

Ea

$20

or other Freon Container Appliances

Freon Surcharge

Ea

$8

Each Unit

White Goods

Ea

$20

Dishwasher, Stove, Washer, Dryer, etc.

Push Lawn Mowers, Snow Blowers

Ea

$10

In Gen'l Small Gas Powered Yard Equipment

Bicycles

Ea

$5

 

Grills

Ea

$5

 

Empty Propane Tanks

Ea

$1-$5

1 lb = $1; more than 1 lb = $5

Misc. Metal Items

Ea

$2

Microwave for example

Electronics

 

 

 

Television Sets

Ea

$15

All sizes

Console Television Sets

Ea

$20

All size Consoles

Computer Monitor

Ea

$10

All sizes

Computer CPU/Printer/Laptops

Ea

$10

 

Computer Keyboard

Ea

$1

 

VCR/DVD

Ea

$2

 

Misc. Electronics Items

Ea

$5

Stereo Components, Radios, etc

Automotive Wastes

 

 

 

Tires up to 17 inch w/out Rim

Ea

$5

No Rim

Tires over 17 inch w/out Rim

Ea

$10

No Rim

Tires up to 17 inch w/Rim

Ea

$10

With Rim

Tires over 17 inch w/Rim

Ea

$15

With Rim

Auto Batteries

Ea

$2

All sizes

Waste Oil and/or Oil Filters

Ea

 

No Charge

Other

 

 

See attendant or call before coming to the Facility

Other Information/Fees

 

 

 

Non-Resident - One Day Pass

Ea

$10

Access only, Fees apply as shown above.

Non Operational Scale

CY

$15

Fee if scale is out of service

Use of Scale

Ea

$15

Use of scale for non-trash issue -- weight of boat for example.

Load Rejection Fee

Ea

$100

For Loads Non Compliant with DEP or SEMASS