Curbside Recycling

Recycling Calendar

View the official 2022 Town of Brookhaven Recycling Calendar now!

Residents are required by law to participate in Brookhaven’s CURB (Clean Up Recycle Brookhaven) mandatory recycling program. Mandatory recycling is collected every week on Wednesdays. Commingled CURBY can recyclables and paper recyclables are collected on alternate Wednesdays (view recycling schedule). Your items must be placed at the curb prior to 6:00 am. 

What is Acceptable for Curbside Recycling?

Since November 2018, the Town of Brookhaven has followed a dual-stream recycling system. This means that your paper and cardboard will be collected separately from your plastic and metal on alternating Wednesdays according to our calendar.

Plastic and Metal Recycling


  • Tin, aluminum, and bimetallic cans
  • Aerosol spray cans (empty & caps removed)
  • Clean aluminum trays and tins
  • Clean, balled up aluminum foil
  • Empty/Rinse cans; do not crush
  • No cans contaminated with toxic chemicals

Plastic Numbers 1, 2, and 5

Look for symbol on bottom of container:

  • #1: Water/Soda bottles
  • #2: Milk jugs, detergent bottles
  • #5: Tubs of yogurt, margarine, etc.
  • NO plastic bags
  • NO motor oil containers
  • NO Styrofoam

Please empty and rinse all recyclables

Paper and Cardboard Recycling


  • Newspaper
  • Office paper
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Paper bags
  • Catalogs
  • Envelopes
  • Construction paper
  • Wrapping paper (non-metallic/foil)
  • Books: (paperback keep intact and hard cover remove cover and place in regular trash)

Cardboard (broken down/flattened)

  • Corrugated (i.e. shipping boxes)
  • Non-corrugated (i.e. cereal boxes)
  • NO milk/juice cartons
  • NO egg cartons
  • NO soiled cardboard


  • Dealing with items that can’t be recycled makes it harder to recycle the items that can.
  • Be sure to check our Throwing It Out Guide for complete information on how to get rid of just about everything in the Town of Brookhaven.
  • Questions? Please contact us at 631451-8696 (TOWN) or by contacting us online to learn how to properly dispose of your items and about our educational programs.

How to Put Out Your Recyclables

  • Please place recyclables out loose in a CURBY can or other container
  • Your items must be placed at the curb prior to 6:00 am
  • Recyclables in plastic bags will NOT be accepted

Request a Free Paper Recycling Bin

Visit our online form to request a free paper recycling bin and pick one of our convenient pickup locations.

Curby Recycling Cans

CURBY cans can be purchased for $20.00 at the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall, the Landfill and at Manorville Compost Facility.

Recycling Sticker

Residents can request a free Recycle Brookhaven Sticker sticker to identify their recycling can. All acceptable recyclable material may be brought to the Town Landfill free of charge.