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Recycling/Trash Office


We have seen great success with the Town’s new cart program.  The results are reflected in a 43% increase in recycling and over a 15% decrease in trash.  The variance in the percentages is because of the ease in improving our recycling habits; and, recycling materials weigh less than trash.  The results are impressive; and we appreciate everyone’s efforts.




Braintree Trash & Recycling Home Page


Just a reminder….that all trash & recycling needs to be placed curbside either the night before, or by 7:00AM.  Collection schedules are subject to change due to a variety of reasons such as equipment problems, personnel changes or weather.  There seems to be a trend toward putting trash out at various times of the day, based on pickup times you may have become accustomed to.   The trash vendor, Sunrise Scavenger, has from 7:00AM-6:00PM to provide services, per the Town’s contract.  If you are used to afternoon pickups and do not put the trash out until later in the day, a change could take place wherein your route would be done in the morning.  Drivers cannot leave the route they are on to go back and get the trash that…was not missed…but put out late. 

 Additional Information:  Trash & Recycling Office 781-794-8088 or

Please Remember...

Boxes or bags outside your cart can not be collected.

Please, no plastic bags in the recycling cart.

Missed trash or recycling pick-ups, or to schedule a pick-up of appliances, call Sunrise Scavenger – Customer Service 617-361-8000. For appliances, a minimum notice of 2-3 working days is needed. Missed Pickups should be called into Sunrise Scavenger with in 24 hours.

Getting ready for Spring cleaning”? Please donate your clothing, linens, drapes and even shoes, belts and hats.

Textiles make up 6% of the trash collected in Braintree. That means items that are great for recycling or re-using get incinerated.
Residents can make a difference…by dropping off textiles at the Town’s Recycling Center any day except Wednesday and Sunday from 7AM-3PM. Also, there are now additional drop-off containers to make donating more convenient. All of the Braintree Schools are now equipped with a special textile container on site that creates access 7 days a week (during daylight hours). Here’s what is acceptable.


Automated Trash/Recycling Collection Program

A number of questions have arisen since startup. The following are reminders about various services.

  • Please have carts curbside by 7:00 am placed 2 ft. apart, handles facing house.
  • Cart lids must be closed so trucks can operate safely.
  • Carts should be 2-3 ft. apart (also same distance from furniture) and in a place with at least 12 ft. overhead clearance.
  • Only the Town issued carts can be used. No extra bags,boxes or barrels will be picked up.
  • Overflow trash/recycling can be taken to the Recycling Center, 257 Ivory St. No cleanouts (over 3 bags), or construction material (other than 3 rolls/bundles of carpet or wood 3 ft. lengths.)
  • For residents requiring carts, you can pick up carts at the Recycling Office, 85 Quincy Avenue. Please be sure to bring your “paid” trash bill receipt with you, and call 781-794-8088 to schedule appointment.

Single Stream RecyclingWeekly Curbside Trash & Recycling Pickup
Curbside pickup of recycling is done weekly on your regular trash day. Single Stream Recycling allows us to put all recyclables into one cart. No more separating. Please do not use any plastic bags in recycling carts! Plastic bags can be recycled at supermarkets, no matter where they came from, even dry cleaning bags, or any other type of plastic bag.

Furniture + Large Items: Two items per week allowed (No Need To Call):
Mattress and box spring (considered one item), microwaves, furniture, carpeting and/or lumber (in 3' lenths bundled– limit 3 bundles) . Additional bags or boxes of trash or recycling are not considered bulk or large items.

Special Appliance & Scrap Metal Collection Curbside:
Residents are able to recycle all appliances plus additional items such as scrap swing sets, grills (no tanks-take tanks to recycling drop-off center), air conditioners, refrigerators, lawn mowers (no gasoline), and any metal items not containing hazardous materials. To arrange for pickup, call Sunrise Scavenger at least 2 - 3 working days prior to your trash day @ 617-361-8000. If calling after office hours, leave your address, inclusive of "Braintree" & state the day of the week that your trash is collected & what items(s) you are putting out for pickup. Please place item away from carts.

Holiday Schedule For Trash & Recycling Collection
Whenever a scheduled collection day falls on a holiday, that day's collection and all remaining collections for the week will be delayed one day. Friday's collection will be on Saturday. Holidays falling on Saturday do not change the schedule. Holidays falling on a Sunday will result in a one day delay, as Sunday holidays are celebrated on Monday.

Holidays - No Trash Serivce (one day delay following the holiday.)
New Years, ML King Day, President's Day, Patriot's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Resident Drop-off Facility (Recycling Center) is located to the left side of the Covanta Transfer Station in the Recycling Drop-off area 257 Ivory Street (across from Braintree T). Hours are 7AM - 3PM Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri & Sat (closed Wednesdays, Sundays and holidays). This service is intended for the occasional extra trash a resident might have when they do not wish to wait until their next curbside pickup. Free disposal up to 3 bags/boxes/barrels, 2 large items (furniture, mattress/box spring, etc.) A Resident Trash Sticker is needed to utilize this area. Sticker cost is included in the trash fee paid by residents with curbside collection and can be obtained at the Collector’s Office/Town Hall (781-794-8130) Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM; Tuesday & Thursday 8:00AM-6:00PM.

Clean-outs/Excessive Trash Amounts
Curbside trash pickup is intended for normal, weekly household trash. Excessive rubbish that is generated by cleanouts due to moving or periodic 'house cleanings' or construction material, must be handled by renting a dumpster, or via a special "one-load permit" for a pick-up or S.U.V. load up to 500lbs. The excessive trash and construction materials can be brought to the Ivory St. Recycling Center with the one-load permit obtained from Treasurer’s Office, Town Hall at a cost of $25. Multiple permits can be purchased if you have more than one load and can be used at any time as there is no expiration date. Proof of Braintree residency required.

Yardwaste Collection Days 2016

  • Curbside Yardwaste will be picked up on your regular trash day. Spring: weeks of April 25, May 2,9, 16 + 23. Fall: weeks of October17, 24, 31 and November 7, 14, 21 & 28.
  • Pickup begins at 7 a.m. Kindly note that 32-35 gal capacity barrels (50lbs. limit) or brown leaf bags should be used; no plastic bags will be collected.
  • Stickers to use the recycling-trash drop-off center and the leaf compost site are available at the Collector’s office in Town Hall. Please bring your car registration with you. For  information, call 781-794-8130. Stickers are included in trash fee.

Compost Site Drop-off: Yard waste can also be disposed of at the Town compost site, located at 225 Plain St. Grass, leaves, branches, brush & Christmas trees. (Trash Sticker Required) Open: April 1-January 31: Wednesday through Sunday 7:15 AM-2:45 PM
Closed: February & March.
Additional Information/Highway Dept. 781-794-8950

Compost bins
Compost bins can be purchased at the Recycling Center cost: Braintree Residents - $50, Non-Residents - $60, Saturdays, from 9AM to 11AM.