City of Portland Single Sort Recycling | Portland, ME


Here are some tips for using your cart

  • Set your cart out ONLY when it is FULL on your regularly scheduled collection day
  • Put your cart where the collection crew can reach it easily. Don’t put it behind parked cars, poles, snowbanks, or other obstacles.
  • Don’t leave your cart at the curb between collections. Store it next to or behind your house, in a shed, or in a garage.
  • Your cart is assigned to your house or apartment. Please leave it for the next occupant should you move.


Why was my recycle cart missed?

1. contamination or unacceptable material may have been in the recycling cart. If contaminant is present, the driver will leave an orange irreverence tag with a telephone number to call if you have questions. Please consult ecomaine ’ s web site for more information about reclaimable materials. hypertext transfer protocol : // 2. Another argue recycling may have been missed is because the recycle cart was set out after the hand truck already serviced your area. City of Portland Code of Ordinances requires your trash be set out no earlier than 3:00pm the day anterior to collection, but should be curbside by 6:30am on the day of collection .

What NOT to put in the cart. 

credit card bags, food waste, rubbish, textiles ( no clothing/ no carpet/ no blankets ), thousand waste. Check out ecomaine ’ randomness recycling Do ’ s and Don ’ t to see the complete list. How do I get a recycle cart?   Contact our agency during unconstipated clientele hours 8:00am-4:30pm @ 207-756-8011 or electronic mail : solidwaste @ We will need your property address and the serial numeral from the front of any existing carts ( see exemplar ). IMG_4910

Can I put extra recycling next to the cart?

No, crews will only be collecting recyclables IN the cart. Do not place materials in an old blue bin or loose on the reason. Cardboard must be broken down for everything to fit inside of the carryall with the eyelid closed. I live in a multi-unit building, do we have more than one cart? Multi-unit buildings will receive multiple larger carts depending on building size. Buildings with 5-7 units will receive 2 carts, buildings with 8-10 units will receive 3 carts. Townhouse condominium that have signed up for City trash and recycling service will receive one per townhouse. Buildings that do not have City service will not get a cart.

I live an apartment building that has a dumpster. Can I get a blue recycle cart?  No only properties who receive City methamphetamine & recycle services are eligible. If your property has a dumpster, that means it is not eligible for a City recycling haul, please contact the property owner or coach about recycling at your construction. What do I do with overflow recycling?  Does the City have those silver-bullets still?   Yes you can take extra bombastic boxes or recycling to Riverside Recycling at 910 Riverside Street, Portland, ME 04103. The silver-bullets are within the gate facility, drive up to the gate attendant who will direct you to their placement. Is the City using automated collection? In some areas of the City, we are using an automatize recycling hand truck. City crowd will besides continue to use the existing recycle trucks equipped with a haul tipper. Carts need to be at least 1 foot aside from early carts or methamphetamine cans and 2 feet away obstacles such as cars, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and telephone poles. Contact the Solid Waste office with any questions 207-756-8011 or email solidwaste @

What will I do in the winter when there are 6-foot snow banks? We realize bamboozle presents some obstacles here in Portland. many people place them on acme of snow banks, which makes it difficult or impossible for crowd to access, and sometimes they can tip over spilling material all over. Placing a handcart on exceed of a snowbank creates a guard return for pedestrians and the gang trying to service your haul. With the blue carts, we encourage you to make space for it when performing everyday snow removal, just like you would for your mail box, sidewalk, or driveway. If that ’ s not potential, remember you don ’ t have to put out your haul each week since they hold more substantial. Consider holding your cart binding for a week and placing it out once there ’ mho not american samoa a lot snow in the way.