Curbside Recycling

Recycling Calendar

View the official 2022 Town of Brookhaven Recycling Calendar now!

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

Metal Cans

  • Tin, aluminum, and bimetallic cans
  • Aerosol spray cans (empty and caps removed)
  • NO glass

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


  • Remember: Know Before You Throw! 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-TOWN (8696) or by contacting us online to learn how to properly dispose of your items and about our educational programs.

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.

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

Recyclable Glass Drop-Off Program

Glass bottles and jars are no longer accepted with curbside recyclables. You can drop off free of charge at one of our satellite locations listed below. You may also visit our online interactive map to find a drop-off location closest to you.