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Brewster Recycling Center

Online Permits are Temporarily Unavailable Until Further Notice

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic Public Health Emergency, 2019-2020 Recycle Station permits and 2020 Non-commercial Shellfish permits will be available only via mail or by leaving the documents in the drop box at the main entrance of Town Hall. Please include the mail-in form, a copy of your registration (for transfer station permits), a self-addressed stamped envelope, and payment in an envelope clearly marked Select Board. Your permit will be processed and mailed back to you.

Purchase of 2020-2021 Recycle Station permits and 2020 Beach permits are not available at this time. We will update the website when further information is available.

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.  Please check the Brewster web page for announcements about holiday closings and alternative hours we are open, if any.

The Brewster Swap Shop is open Friday through Monday, 10am-2pm.

Pay As You Throw

Brewster began a new solid-waste management program on October 1, 2013 called Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT). Click here to download a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

All Brewster Recycling Center users must 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 continue to be handled as they have been.

PAYT bags for refuse are 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.

Recycling Center Stickers

Resident Recycling Center stickers can be obtained at the Permit Sales office located in 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; 7 days a week from 9am – 3pm. At all other times of year, current stickers and replacement stickers are available in the Selectmen’s office. Residents may also purchase their stickers online or by mail. A Brewster Recycling Center Sticker is required on all vehicles entering the Recycling Center.

  • First Vehicle permit: $50.00
  • Additional Vehicle permit: $15.00 each

Brewster Recycling Center Location:

201 Run Hill Road, Brewster, MA 02631 (map & directions)
Tel 508-896-3212
Information Line 508-896-4541

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 Recycling Center. 

Hazardous waste from small business "Very Small Quantity Generators" maybe be disposed of at cost by arrangement. 

A pamphlet describing the Household Hazardous Waste Collection is available for download in PDF format.

Old and Unused Paint:

The Brewster Recycling Center also maintains an old/unused paint collection program. Old or unused paints, at least 3/4s full or more 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. Smaller amounts may be disposed of by pouring over cat litter or other soluble material and then thrown away with household trash.

Food Waste:

Acceptable items include food scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, meat, fish, dairy products, flowers, and household plants. Items not allowed include large bones, roadkill, walnut shells, diseased plants, human or pet waste, kitty litter, food containers. Please see an attendant with any additional questions.

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.


A printable Brewster Recycling Guide is available for download and includes information about where and what can be recycled at the Brewster Recycling Center. Reduced price composting bins and scrap buckets are available from the Recycling Center.

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

More information about recycling possibilities is available at the website.