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Sanitation crews WILL collect trash & recycling on Patriot's Day, Monday, April 21, 2014!  (4/11/2014)
The City of Portlandís Solid Waste crews WILL collect trash and recycling on most Federal Holidays in 2014. All items need to be placed curbside by 6:30 a.m. to ensure collection. More

Bulky Item Collection Program to begin April 1, 2014  (12/6/2013)
The City of Portland will continue the curbside Bulky Item Collection service for City residents beginning April 1, 2014. More

Sub-Meter Applications Available June 6, 2013  (6/6/2013)
Public Services Department to take over the application process for obtaining a sub-meter beginning June 6, 2013.† Applications are available on this site or the Public Services front desk. More

Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan Tier III Update Final Report  (5/2/2013)
The City of Portland has received DEP Approval for the Final CSO Control Plan for Tier III. We want to alert you to the fact that City Council will take up the Bond Authorization for implementing the CSO Tier III program at their May 6 and May 20 City Council meetings. An order will be before the City Council to authorize $170,000,000 in sewer bonds for the construction of the projects called for in the Tier III Plan. May 6 will serve as the first read but also a public hearing. May 20 will be the final read and vote on the authorization. To view the full document please click here. More

City to Host Public Meeting Regarding Proposed Evergreen Cemetery Expansion Project  (3/27/2014)
The City of Portland is hosting a meeting regarding the proposed Evergreen Cemetery expansion project More

USM announces the 3rd Annual Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day  (3/11/2014)
It's Spring Cleaning Time! USM announces the 3rd Annual Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day! More

Find Your Trash and Recycling Day  (2/23/2007)
Have a question on when your trash or recycling is picked up? More

single sort recycling (ssr)

The City of Portland has switched to Single Sort Recycling. Click here to see the Public Service Announcement and learn more about SSR! Itís so easy even a bear can do it! To accommodate this new form of recycling, weíll be using the same trucks as we use for trash pickup. So donít despair, though the trucks look the same, the trash and recycling are going to very different spots.

Portland's convenient curbside program now allows you to recycle a majority of your weekly trash including newspapers, magazines, bulk mail, letters, food boxes, cardboard, glass, aluminum, and a majority of your household plastics (all plastics #1 through #7). The City's recycling is collected by City of Portland employees and is brought to ecomaine where it is sorted and sold to companies who use recycled material in the manufacturing of their products.


Want to know when your trash and recycling is picked up?
Click here to find out what day your trash and recycling is picked up.

Want to see the Single Sort Recycling Public Service Announcement written and performed by Portland High Schoolís Ecology Club? Click here to watch it.

Need a new blue recycling bin?
Recycling bins can be purchased during normal business hours (8:00 am - 4:30 p.m., Monday Ė Friday) at the Department of Public Services, 55 Portland Street, or at Riverside Recycling Facility, 910 Riverside Street. Each bin costs $10.00.

Want to learn more about composting?
Do you like saving money? Do you like gardening? Click here to learn more about composting to reduce your trash disposal costs and becoming more environmentally friendly at the same time.

Want to learn more about purchasing cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternatives to household hazardous waste?
Do you want to save money and be more ecologically friendly at the same time?  Click here to learn more about alternatives to household hazardous waste.

Please set you bin where the recycling crew can reach it easily and have it out no later than 6:30 AM. Do not place trash bags in your recycling bin. You can call 756-8189 for more information about your recycling program. Click here to learn more about statewide recycling efforts. Please call the Recycling Hotline at 756-8189 for more information.


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