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Trash collection and recycling services in Brunswick are getting an upgrade beginning this July. The new program will be operated by Republic Services, the City’s current trash contractor. It will provide each residence with two carts: one with a black lid for regular trash, and one with a blue lid for recyclables.

The carts will be delivered to homes throughout the City between the weeks of June 24 and July 26. Once residents receive these carts, they should begin using them immediately. Republic will pick up these carts with a truck equipped with a mechanical arm.

After the new carts are delivered, no other types of trash carts or cans may be used. Only those provided by the City will be picked up by Republic’s trucks. (If you leave out other types of cans or carts, the hauler will assume they are trash and dispose of them.)

New trash & recycling program starts this summer
Photo: Republic Services

Here are the essentials:

Items put in the recyclable cart should not be bagged.

Recyclables should be placed loosely in the cart with the blue lid.

Normal trash should be bagged and placed in the cart with the black lid. This includes grass clippings and yard waste.

When the carts are delivered, they will include instructions on how to place them at the curb.

The 96 gallon trash carts will hold approximately five normal bags of trash. If the trash cart is full, residents will be able to place additional bagged trash and bagged yard waste next to the roadway for pickup, up to a maximum of 14 bags.

Large items will still be picked up.

Things like furniture and appliances will still be collected weekly. Remember, however, that appliances must have Freon removed by a certified technician, and refrigerator/freezer doors must be removed.

The City will be providing the carts.

The carts will be the property of the City, and each cart will have a serial number to verify the address. If a cart needs repairs, Republic Services will be responsible.

You can get additional carts.

Residents will have the opportunity to contact the hauler to obtain a maximum of two additional trash carts and two additional recycling carts, for a one time fee of $55 each, which will be paid directly to the hauler.

Recycling is voluntary.

Residents who do not wish to participate in the recycling program will be able to contact the hauler to pick up the recycling cart. The provided trash carts must still be used, however, for automated pickup.

Your collection day will remain the same — but not necessarily the time.

The exact time of collection might change depending on the routes. Two separate trucks will be collecting: one for trash, and one for recyclables. They may come at different times of the day.

So...what's recyclable?


Republic Services has a great information page explaining what can (and can’t) go into the recycling cart.

Want to see what the new carts look like?

Rules and regulations


New trash & recycling program starts this summerGo beyond the basics. Here are the instructions that are going to be delivered to your home along with the carts.

See the public meeting


The City recently held three informational meeting for residents. The first was recorded and can be seen on Brunswick Area Television or viewed on demand.