Non-Recyclable Items

Items Not Accepted for Curbside Collection 

  • Plastic bags (all types) and any type of plastic film are not recyclable under our program. Several local supermarkets accept plastic grocery bags for recycling.
  • Driveway Sealer Containers are not recyclable due to the residue of sealer that remains in the container after use. Empty and dry driveway sealer containers must go in the trash after use of all product. Please bring to Graham Road Landfill, not curbside.
  • Wood items of any type are not recyclable under our curbside program, including the small wood crates containing clementine oranges sold at the supermarkets. Small items may be put in your trash and wood items are accepted for recycling at the landfill (there is a disposal charge).
  • Dog and cat food bags are not recyclable. They contain a film liner that makes them unacceptable under our current program. Please put these bags in the trash.
  • Only metal cans are recyclable under our curbside program. If you have other metal items (appliances, car parts, curtain rods, metal lawn chairs, etc.) they can only be recycled at the landfill (there is a disposal charge).
  • Only plastic "containers" are recyclable under our curbside program. If you have plastic toys, plastic chairs or other plastic items they are not recyclable at this time. Please bring them to Graham Road Landfill. Only glass jars are recyclable under our program. If you have window glass, mirrors, dishes, etc, they will have to be disposed of at our landfill (disposal charge will apply).
  • Clothing items are not recyclable under our program. We recommend you give your clothing to Goodwill or charitable agency of your choice. Clothing may be disposed of at our landfill (disposal charge will apply).
  • Fluorescent Tubes (4 foot, 8 foot and circular) contain mercury and may not be put in either the recycling or trash. Residents may bring fluorescent tubes to the Graham Road Landfill and they will be accepted from residents at no charge. The tubes are set aside for recycling so please keep them separate from other items and handle them carefully so they do not break.
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) contain mercury and may not be put in either the recycling or trash. A few local stores will accept only the CFL bulbs for recycling (they don't accept fluorescent tubes). For more information visit the Efficiency Maine website for a complete listing of local stores in Maine that recycle CFLs. The following stores in Brunswick will accept Compact Fluorescent Bulbs from residents for recycling at no charge unless otherwise indicated:
    • Hammond Lumber
      18 Spring Street
    • Shift Sustainable Goods
      56 Maine Street
    • Wal-Mart
      15 Tibbetts Drive
    • Gilman Electric (CFLs accepted at $0.65 each)
      323 Bath Road
  • Batteries must be disposed of based on the type:
    • Rechargeable batteries must be recycled and not put in the trash. However, they must be disposed of at a designated Brunswick drop off box for rechargeable batteries; these are located at the landfill, Public Works and the library.
    • Flashlight batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt, alkaline or non-alkaline) may be put in the trash. Years ago these batteries contained mercury but that has long been discontinued in their manufacture and they may be safely put in the trash.
    • Button batteries are deemed hazardous and need to be safely stored and brought to the Town's fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection program.
    • Special lithium ion non-rechargeable batteries (usually for digital cameras) are deemed hazardous and need to be safely stored and brought to the Town's fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection program.