Curbside Trash / Recycling Collection


Trash tags are no longer required
unless you place more than 5 bags curbside.

Curbside Collection Days and Routes
Frequently Asked Questions About New Program Rules – July 2020

General Rules
Household trash is picked up Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of every week from residential properties of 4 units or less.  Bags should be set out curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

  • All trash must be in bags, except cardboard as long as it is broken down to 2′ x 2′ or smaller and neatly bundled.
  • Each household is limited to 5 bags per week.
  • Each bag must be 40 pounds or less.
  • Bags larger than 30 gallons in size must be clear or translucent.
  • Bags can be placed in containers.
  • Residents can put out more than 5 bags by placing an orange Brewer trash tag on bags over the limit.  Trash tags can be purchased at Brewer City Hall and the Brewer Public Library.
Brewer is an All-In-One Community
Sometimes referred to as commingled collection, All-In-One means that residents put all waste and recyclables in the same bag and place it curbside for weekly collection.  Learn more on our Recycling page.
Holiday Schedule
Click here to view our curbside collection holiday schedule.
If a holiday (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Christmas Day) falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, curbside collection WILL be pushed out one day. If  the above holiday’s fall on any other day of the week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) curbside collection will NOT be affected & your pick up remains as usual.

Prohibited Items
As laid out in the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance, Chapter 22, Article 2, Section 2.4, the following rubbish, by way of example and not limitation, shall be considered unacceptable for curbside collection.These materials will not be picked up curbside:

  1. White goods such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and other large appliances.
  2. Material from the major repair of, excavation for, construction, or destruction of buildings or structures, such as piping, earth, plaster, mortar, bricks, building, blocks, septic tanks, trees or tree stumps over six inches in diameter, and any other similar materials, commonly called demolition debris.
  3. Grass clippings, weeds, plants, shrubs, leaves, brush or branches.
  4. Bulky items such as mattresses and box springs, couches, chairs, and carpets.
  5. Abandoned or junk vehicles and car parts.
  6. Hazardous waste: All hazardous waste as defined by federal and state regulatory agencies.
  7. Hospital waste: All contaminated hospital waste as defined by federal and state laws, i.e., “red bag” pathological anatomical waste.
  8. Biological Waste, including dead animals or portions thereof or other pathological wastes.
  9. Infectious waste: Wastes which are hazardous by reason of their contamination with infection materials i.e., “red bag” waste body parts, pathology lab waste, etc..
  10. Human fecal waste.
  11. Animal fecal waste which is not contained in a plastic bag.
  12. Flammable waste; liquid waste; sludge.
  13. Waste oil, lubricants or fuels, including gasoline and propane.
  14. Powder and liquid pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
  15. Paint waste and pigments.
  16. Construction and demolition debris.
  17. Electrical capacitors: Contain oils that may contain P.C.B.s.
  18. Special waste as defined by state law, including but not limited to,   Asbestos.
  19. Laboratory chemicals.
  20. Biohazard materials.
  21. Plated metal parts.
  22. Electrical transformers or parts.
  23. Stove and fire ash.
  24. Tree stumps and logs.
  25. Tires.

Visit the City’s Solid Waste Programs webpage for information about disposal options, such as the Brewer Landfill, Universal Waste Program, and Household Hazardous Waste Program, for items not collected curbside.

Visit the Environmental Services department for more information on the City’s curbside collection and overall solid waste management program.