Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management
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Welcome to the Town of Brookhaven Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management! Please navigate through our website using the links on the left-hand side of this Web page.



Please see both our mission statement and staff directory below. You may click on each title to expand or collapse the section.

Mission Statement

Sustainable materials management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles. It represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. By looking at a product's entire life cycle, we can find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources and reduce costs.

Staff Directory

Matthew Miner, Commissioner
Christopher Andrade, Chief Deputy Commissioner
Kevin Johnston, Deputy Commissioner
Mary Ellen Bridie, Sanitation Inspector Supervisor
Michael Des Gaines, Landfill Facilities Manager
Brendan Sweeney, Secretary to the Commissioner
Erich Weltsek, Recycling Coordination Aide



Please view our recycling information below. You may click on each title to expand or collapse the section.

Curbside Recycling

For your convenience, beginning in January 2014, you can now mix recyclable paper, glass, metal, and plastic containers in one bin.

Easy as 1-2-3
1. Collect curbside recyclables in a recycling bin at home.
2. Place your recycling bin at the curb Tuesday night for Wednesday collection.
3. Repeat!

How to Prepare Recycling
• Empty and rinse all containers. Lids on containers and bottles are acceptable.
• Paper clips, staples, rubber bands, and plastic windows on envelopes and paper are OK.
• Please make sure your recycling bin has a lid to keep contents dry.

Please see the Throwing It Out Guide for how to dispose of the non-recyclable items listed below.

Acceptable Materials for Curbside Recycling
Copy paper
Shredded Paper (in clear plastic bags)
Junk Mail
Glass Bottles
Glass Jars
Plastics 1-7
Rigid Plastics
Metals (small)
Spray Cans

Unacceptable Materials for Curbside Recycle
Cat litter
Containers of oil, pesticides, gasoline, chemicals
Drinking Glasses
Food Waste
Glass (panes such as window or auto)
Household Hazardous Waste
Light bulbs
Medical waste
Needles/syringes/sharp items
Paint and paint cans
Plastic Bags
Plastic Utensils
Plastics with no number symbol
Soiled paper or cardboard
Waxed or metallic paper
Yard Waste

Know Your Recycling Rate


View an interactive Web map application which highlights recycling rates in the Town of Brookhaven. This map is updated quarterly so you can track your community's progress!

Recycling Schedule

View the Town of Brookhaven recycing schedule below or download an electronic PDF version.

Recycling Schedule

How to Recycle for Businesses and Schools

Town code requires that paper and mixed recyclables be source separated at the generation site, collected separately from the generation site, and disposed of separately from other waste materials including regular garbage. The Town of Brookhaven does not offer recycling pickup to businesses. Arrangements for disposal may include: direct marketing to a recycling company, contracts with permitted solid waste haulers for separate collection, contracts with other persons for separate collection, or direct delivery to a designated processing facility. Recyclables may also be brought to the town landfill in Brookhaven for a fee.

Mandatory recyclables include
• Paper (newspapers, colored inserts, copy paper, cardboard, etc.)
• Comingled Recyclables (plastics 1-7, glass, aluminum and bimetallic cans, etc.)

Non-Mandatory Drop-off Recyclables
• Used motor oil & filters
• Large scrap metal
• Yard waste
• Electronics
• Car/truck/boat batteries
• Clothing
• Fry oil
• Fishing line

Unacceptable Recyclables
• Pots & pans
• Silverware (knives, forks, etc.)
• Small appliances
• Containers with hazardous residue

Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

The Town’s Materials Recovery Facility or MRF (pronounced “Murf”) initially opened in 1991. In 2014, the facility was retrofitted by Green Stream Recycling to be a single stream recycling facility, allowing residents to place all their mixed recyclables (paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and metal) in a single bin recycling day. The updated MRF can separate and process up to 48 tons of mixed material per hour, or over 300 tons of material each day! All items collected curbside for recycling in Brookhaven provide revenue for the Town. Because of switch to single stream, recycling rates in the Town of Brookhaven have increased by over 20%.

To learn more, or set up a group tour, contact the Town’s Recycling Coordination Aide by calling 631-451-TOWN(8696)!

Special Recycling Events

View the Town of Brookhaven special recycling events below or download an electronic PDF version.

Recycling Schedule


Yard Waste
The Right Way to Curb Organic Yard Waste

Please view our organics information below. You may click on each title to expand or collapse the section.

Yard Waste

The Town of Brookhaven has 20 curbside yard waste pick-up weeks designated each year. View our Recycling Schedule.

Acceptable Materials How to Prepare Materials
Brush, Twigs,
Small Branches
(up to 6” diameter)
Wood Chips, Hedge Clippings
Holiday Trees
(NO bagged, artificial or decorated trees)
  • Bundle, bag or place in 32 gallon garbage can, lids removed
  • Bundles must be securely tied
  • Bundles must be no larger than 4’x2’x2’
  • 50 lb. limit per item
  • Holiday trees over 6’ must be cut in half
  • No more than 50 items per week
Leaves, Acorns, Weeds,
Hay Mulch, Thatch,
Pine Cones/Needles,
Non-woody Plants

  • Must be bagged; 50 lb. limit per bag
  • No more than 50 bags per week
  • Place at curb, separate from garbage, on Sunday nights preceding yard waste weeks.
  • Can be brought to the Manorville Compost Site for free.

Brush and / or Leaves: These items can be brought to the Landfill at no fee. Materials must be brought in non-commercial cars with single-axle trailers, pick-ups, or vans.

Unacceptable Materials
1. Large branches, logs or stumps (over 6” diameter) - These items can be brought to the Landfill for free.

2. Grass Clippings - Under the Town’s “Don’t Bag It” policy, grass clippings are NEVER collected. To dispose of bagged grass, please bring to the Manorville Compost Site during their hours of operation for free.

Free Compost / Mulch

Compost and Mulch
On Long Island we have a sandy soil structure that allows water and fertilizers to drain down into the water table and run-off into our surrounding waterways. Using compost and mulch in your garden or landscape is a great way to improve soil structure and continuously provide nutrients to growing plants. Compost and mulch also retain moisture, allowing plants to better endure hot and dry weather.

Free Compost and Mulch
Brookhaven Town Hall (South Lot) - 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738
Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Percy Raynor Park - Route 347 and Belle Mead Road in South Setauket
Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Holtsville Ecology Center - 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY 11742
Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rose Caracappa Center - 739 Route 25A, Mt. Sinai, NY 11766
Monday, Friday from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Brookhaven Landfill - 350 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven, NY 11719
Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 2:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Manorville Compost Facility - Papermill Road, Manorville, NY 11949
Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Closed from 11:50 am - 12:30 pm for lunch

Backyard Composting

Organic material makes up a significant component of residential waste. Composting is an easy method of diverting organics from the waste stream, all while creating a nutrient rich soil amendment.

Below are listed some great resources from Compost experts.

US Composting Council
Cornell University Waste Management Institute
“Everything You Need to Know about Composting but Were Afraid to Ask” (document)
“Easy Backyard Composting” (pamphlet)
“Easy Home Composting” (graphic)



Please view our trash information below. You may click on each title to expand or collapse the section.

Know Your Trash Days

Garbage Truck

View an interactive Web map application which identifies trash pickup days the Town of Brookhaven.

How Do I Dispose of...

Old Tires

Throwing It Out Guide in Brookhaven!

Check the Town's Throwing It Out Guide - your guide to recycling and sustainable materials management in the Town of Brookhaven!



350 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven, NY

Hours of operation
• Monday through Friday - 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
• Saturday - 7:00 am to 12:00 pm

Accepted forms of payment at the landfill are cash and credit card.

Residential Drop-off
Residents can drop off Yard Waste, construction/renovation debris, concrete, waste oil, tires, boats and refuse (garbage) at the Brookhaven Town Landfill during the hours of operation noted above. Please note that materials for residential drop-off must be brought in a non-commercial: car, single-axle trailer, pick-up, or van.

View Landfill Drop-off fees

Household Hazardous Waste

STOP Facility

The Town has a Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (STOP) program in place to prevent the contamination of our environment and groundwater. The STOP Facility is located at the Town’s Landfill at 350 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven, NY. Residential waste only; commercial or business generated hazardous materials are not accepted at the STOP Facility.

STOP Facility Hours of Operation
• April 1 – October 31: Wednesdays and Saturdays – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
• November 1 – March 31: Saturdays – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Materials must be transportable, in sealed containers and clearly labeled indicating product. Containers brought to the facility cannot be returned unless a technician is on hand. Explosives, ammunition, flares, fireworks, radioactive materials, medical waste, asbestos and large drums are not accepted at the STOP Facility.

Materials Accepted at the STOP Facility
Lawn and Garden Products
   - Fungicides
   - Herbicides
   - Insecticides
   - Pesticides
   - Rodenticides
Automotive Products
   - A/C Refrigerants
   - Antifreeze
   - Auto Body Putty
   - Carburetor Cleaners
   - Gasoline (residents can bring up to 10 gallons per day during STOP hours only)
   - Oil Additives
   - Started Fluid
   - Used Motor Oil (mixed with solvents, cleaners, water, etc.)
Other Products
   - Aerosol Cans
   - Batteries (button type, nickel/cadmium)
   - Rechargeable Batteries
   - Lighter Fluid
   - Liquid Mercury
   - Mercury Switches
   - Mercury Vapor Lights
   - Photographic Chemicals
   - Pool Chemicals
   - 1lb Propane Tanks
   - Sludge
   - Solder
Household Products
   - Adhesives
   - Bathroom Cleaners
   - Carpet Cleaners
   - Disinfectants
   - Drain Cleaners
   - Driveway Sealers
   - Dry Cleaning Fluids
   - Fire Extinguishers
   - Fluorescent bulbs (limit 10)
   - Furniture Polish
   - Lead-based Paints
   - Mothballs
   - Oil-based paints
   - Oven Cleaners
   - Paint Strippers
   - Room Deodorizers
   - Silver Polish
   - Spot Removers
   - Stains & Varnishes
   - Toilet Bowl Cleaners
   - Turpentine & Thinners



Please view our sustainability information below. You may click on each title to expand or collapse the section.

Great Brookhaven Cleanup

Great Brookhaven Cleanup
Every spring, individuals and groups join the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest organized cleanup, beautification and community improvement program. The volunteers know that they really make a difference, and the results are dramatic! The communities look clean and beautiful, and there is a sense of hometown pride and accomplishment.

Last year nearly 3,300 Brookhaven residents joined over 5 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities across America to pick up over 40 million pounds of litter, over 200 million pounds of recycling, beautify 81,000 miles of roadway, and clean up rivers, lakes and seashores in their communities. Learn more / sign up now

"Don't Bag It" Program

Tall Grass
The "Don't Bag It" Program centers on a ban on Town collection of grass clippings. The Town advocates several possibilities to replace disposal of grass. These include use of a mulching mower, more frequent mowing with a conventional mower and letting the grass clippings lie on the lawn, and home composting of grass clippings (along with other organic materials). A more radical change is to adopt "xeriscaping" principles. This has come to mean a landscaping philosophy based on eliminating chemical and water intensive lawns where possible and plantings from local or regional sources, which do not require as much care and management as "artificial" gardens. Call 631-451-TOWN(8696) for more information.


The Town of Brookhaven, while maintaining its fiscal responsibilities, continues to be on the forefront of municipal pollution and carbon emission reduction, and energy and natural resource conservation.

Through Supervisor Romaine’s Green Energy and Sustainability Initiative [hyper-link to the PowerPoint], the Town has been “greening-up” its operations and facilities. Under the Supervisor’s Initiative, the Town has saved taxpayer money by utilizing new, and more energy efficient technologies alongside with renewable energy sources. Some examples of Town efforts include:

• Replacing street and traffic lighting with more energy efficient LED bulbs
• Use of solar, geothermal, and wind power as alternate sources of energy
• Addition of electric vehicles to the fleet.

All of these efforts lower operation costs and reduce Town carbon emissions. The Town’s Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management Department continues to monitor carbon emission reductions as part of an annual greenhouse gas emission inventory. From 2005 to 2016, the Town has reduced its fossil fuel derived carbon emissions by 29.6%!

Looking ahead…
Energy efficiency is a continued effort for the Town of Brookhaven. Plans for 2017-2018 include the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Town Hall, installation of solar at two former landfills (Manorville and Holtsville), and rapid installation of LED streetlighting across the Town.


Education Programs

The Town of Brookhaven offers a plethora of educational opportunities relating to the environment, waste reduction, green energy and sustainability. Presentations can be made to schools (grades K-12) and other interested organizations. Please call the Town’s Environmental Educator or Recycling Coordination Aide at 631-451-TOWN(8696) to set up a presentation. Group tours of the Town’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) can also be set up by contacting the Town’s Recycling Coordination Aide.

Green Gazette

For over a decade Brookhaven’s Green Gazette has been educating and entertaining Brookhaven Residents! This new-look Gazette will be published quarterly – in a slimmed down package. One page is all you need to keep up to date with the green news around the Town. With a permanent home in the Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management, Brookhaven’s Green Gazette is just a click away! View Green Gazette

New York Recycles Poster Contest

Enter a poster to win a spot in the New York Recycles 2018 Calendar!

Poster Themes
New York Recycles!
Reuse--Trash to Treasure
Nurture Nature--Don't Litter!
Let Us Celebrate Composting!
Feed People, Not Landfills

View official rules, poster themes, and submission details

Everyone is a winner when you post a photo of yourself with your creation to #BrookhavenRecycles so friends and neighbors can see your environmental work of art.

Contact Us

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Phone: 631-451-TOWN(8696)

Main Office
1 Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738

Monday - Friday
9am - 4:30pm

350 Horseblock Road
Brookhaven, NY 11719

Residential Drop-Off
Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm
Saturday 7am - 12pm

Compost Facility
Papermill Road
Manorville, NY 11949

Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm
Closed for lunch 11:50am - 12:30pm