Did You Know

Franklin has a population of around 1,370 with a land area of 39.2 square miles. That translates to a population density of about 38 people per square mile.

Coastal Recycling is a non-profit organization jointly owned by the towns of Franklin, Hancock, Sorrento, Sullivan and Winter Harbor.

Our mission is to remove recyclables from the waste stream of our member towns, preserve the environment and reduce the amount of money spent on waster disposal.

Residents of member towns have options:

Take advantage of your town facilities or bring your recyclables to Coastal in Hancock.

Residents should bring their metal goods directly to Coastal.

Franklin residents may bring their recyclables to Coastal Recycling Center in Hancock on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coastal Recycling accepts items sorted into the following categories:

  • Corrugated cardboard: Flatten boxes & brown paper bags
  • Newspaper: Including inserts, magazines, catalogs and telephone books
  • Paperboard: All other paper items including junk mail, office paper, cereal boxes, envelops colored paper, paper core rolls, etc.
  • Steel cans: Tin cans such as tuna, soup, fruit and vegetable cans. (Magnetized)
  • Aluminum: Some cans, clean foil and pie plates (Not magnetized)
  • Plastics: #2 rinsed clean, clear or colored jugs, opaque milk and water jugs. No lids please.
  • Scrap metal: Must have at least 75% metal content

Due to high handling costs, we must charge a small fee for the following items:

$20.00 each for Freon removal from

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Air conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers

$10.00 each of any size:

  • Propane tanks

$10.00 each:

  • Regular car tires

Please make our job easier by remember in these simple tips:

  • Materials are clean, dry and sorted
  • Flatten all cardboard
  • Remove all plastic, staples and paperclips from paper items
  • ONLY #2 plastics
  • See an attendant for approval to drop off items at the rear of the building (white goods, propane tanks, etc.)
  • Please respect the fact that we cannot be open at all times and for liability reasons, cannot allow items to be dropped off when we are closed.

Don’t forget to browse Coastal Recycling’s “re-use” section.

Thank you for recycling!

When in doubt… please ask!

Items not acceptable

  • Antifreeze or motor oil containers
  • Waxed or coated cardboard
  • Insulated wire
  • Door & window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Textiles
  • Porcelain sinks, tubs, etc.
  • Household trash
  • Christmas wrapping paper
  • Hazardous waste
  • Styrofoam or polystyrene

If you have items such as paint cans, motor oil, etc, that are not accepted at Coastal, call your town office and encourage them to participate in an annual Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Don’t throw away that computer!

The mercury and metals will contaminate the environment. A local option for recycling your computer, monitor, printer, fax machine and more is here. Bring these items to Coastal Recycling Center during normal operating hours, pay a small handling fee and help protect our environment.

Other universal waste items such as fluorescent bulbs, ballasts, batteries of various types, and all mercury containing devices can now be recycled at Coastal for a small handling fee.

Buy recycled content products. Give manufacturers a reason to make products with our collected materials; a purchase order.