Trash & Recycling

May 2021


Residents can drop off their leaves and yard waste at Riverside Recycling Facility, 910 Riverside St please bring your Ecard or be prepared to pay if you do not use City trash & recycling services.

Exciting news from the Sustainability Office: Food Waste Composting!  We're pleased to kick of our food waste drop off program that will help Portland residents reduce waste by composting food scraps. Visit the location near you: North Street Community Garden, Boyd Street Community Garden, Clark Street Community Garden, Libbytown Community Garden, and Riverside Recycling. Learn more at our Compost Drop-off Page.

Trash Truck with Arm

City of Portland now uses an automated truck to collect recycling by using a mechanical arm that extends to pick up the recycle cart. This method of collection is more efficient, safer for the employees and reduces workers compensation cases and emissions. When placing your recycle cart curbside we ask that you place the cart 3 feet away from other objects such as trash bags and cans, cars, overhead obstructions, mailboxes and fire hydrants. It’s important to have the cart handle facing the curb with the lid opening facing the street. Please have your trash and recycling curbside by 6:30am and pull it back from the curb by 8pm on your service day. Wednesday on the peninsula is the only day of the week we do not use the automated trucks for service. For more information, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 207-756-8011 or email us: 

The City of Portland has a “Pay-As-You-Throw” trash collection system.  The cost of disposing of trash is covered by the cost of the bags, so you pay only for what you throw away.  City trash bags are available at these retail locations in the Portland Area.  Trash will only be collected in the City of Portland purple trash bags. The City does not supply trash cans, but we do suggest obtaining a trash container for your trash bags to avoid vermin tearing into the bags. DO NOT PLACE A CITY TRASH BAG IN THE BLUE RECYCLE CONTAINER. RECYCLING ONLY IN THE BLUE CART. 

Please visit our Trash and Recycling Collection Web App to find what day of the week your trash and recycling is collected. 


For additional question regarding trash and recycling collection day, please contact the Department of Public Works at 207-756-8011 or by email

(Disclaimer) All Weekly Trash and Recycling Pickup is subject to change due to City Holidays, Construction, Special Events, Inclement Weather, and Natural Disasters. Please refer to the City of Portland’s Website for future updates.