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Thimble Islands Collection

The Town of Branford provides twice-a-week garbage and once-a-week recyclable collection to the islands during the main season (Memorial Day to Labor Day).  Collection of garbage is on Mondays and Thursdays, and recyclables is on Thursdays. (Please see calendar)
Please review the recycling flyer for a list of what to recycle. Bottles and cans must always be in plastic bags so they can get them in and out of the boat.  Please be considerate of the collector and use plastic bags thick enough that they won’t break from the weight of the garbage or recyclables you put in them.
Please remember that once collection starts, you may not use the containers at the Stony Creek Dock for any island refuse. These are being privately paid for, so please don’t subject yourself to possible fines. The dumpsters at the Trap Rock Dock are for use only by the town collector. Use of these dumpsters by the public may result in loss of our privileges of using this donated space.   

If you have large quantities of materials to dispose of, or any quantity of construction or demolition debris, you must take these materials to the Branford Transfer Station yourself (as any shore resident would also have to do).  If you hire contractors to do work for you, make it their responsibility to remove waste materials from the island and dispose of them.  Brush should also go directly to the Transfer Station.  Free wood chips and free compost are usually available at the Transfer Station; please bring your own container and shovels. 

Summer residence card required: Available for $2.50 from the Tax Office in Town Hall for the whole season, or $1 Trip passes, valid for 30 days, are also available at the Tax Office. 

Tax Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm   Phone: (203) 315-0672
Proof of residency (not of ownership) like a lease or a phone bill is required to obtain a Card or Pass. 

The collection may not always pick up in the mornings, but instead follow the high tide schedule.  Recyclables must be at the dock in your blue box the night before your recycling day.  There is no change in where you must put your trash or recyclables. The boat will not stop if there is no blue box in sight, and will not make special trips if you miss a pick-up.  Please confine any dogs which might interfere with the collector.  

If you have any questions or collection problems, call Jay at (203) 500-8285 of Coastal Tide Marine Services and give your name, island and phone number. Messages are checked regularly.  If problems cannot be resolved or if you have other comments, please call the Department of Solid Waste & Recycling at (203) 315-0622.


Last Updated: Mon, 06/17/2019 - 3:08pm