Brewster Recycling Commission Update

Brewster does a great job recycling, but we need to better manage black plastic and plastic film. Please do not place any plastic film or black plastic in the Metal & Plastic Recycling Bin at the Brewster Recycling Center.

  1. PLASTIC FILM
    • Examples: Dry cleaning bags, zip-top food storage bags, plastic wrap on products like paper towels and beverages, bubble wrap, air pillows, and all similar plastics.
    • How to discard: Film plastics can be recycled at the Harwich Stop & Shop and some other markets or discarded in a yellow Brewster Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) bag.
    • Why? Plastic films can get tangled in standard recycling equipment and may harm equipment or workers.
    • Similar products: Items like salad mix or frozen food bags, candy bar wrappers, and chip bags should always be discarded in a yellow PAYT bag. These are not recyclable at markets; they are trash used for energy production.
  2. BLACK PLASTIC ITEMS
    • Examples: ALL black plastic for example plant pots and trays, take-out food containers.
    • How to discard: Black plastic items should be discarded in yellow PAYT bags NOT into the Metal & Plastic Recycling Bin.
    • Why: Recycling facility optical scanners can’t sort black items.
    • Planting pots: If you have black plastic planting pots, check with your nursery to see if you may return them for reuse. If not, they should be discarded in a yellow PAYT bag.

For more information on how to recycle, visit https://www.recyclesmartma.org.

For more information on the Brewster Recycling Center, visit https://www.brewster-ma.gov/recycle-front.