Public Works coordinates with Water Resource Protection and the Sustainability Departments to conduct annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste collections. These drop-off days are offered free of charge to South Portland residents for the collection of HHW and E-waste items which could harm our environment if disposed of improperly. Upcoming drop-off dates will be advertised several weeks in advance in the Portland Press Herald and the South Portland Sentry, as well as on this page, South Portland Public Works' Facebook page and via South Portland’s e-community newsletter. Below are flyers from recently-held drop-offs that will give an idea of dates for future events.
If you are moving or otherwise unable to wait until our drop-off event, please contact us at 207-767-7635 for more information about the proper disposal of these hazardous products.
PRESS RELEASE - 2/1/18
IMPROVED COLLECTION SERVICES FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS & ELECTRONIC WASTE ITEMS
Based on the amounts of waste items dropped off by the city’s residents, South Portland’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & Electronic Waste (E-Waste) collection event held last November was an overwhelming success. Trucks for the waste collection service providers were filled to capacity and the level of public participation was considerably greater than any of the previous events for at least the past decade. The most common HHW items included paints, automobile fluids, cleaning supplies and pesticides while computers, TVs and stereos were the most abundant E-waste items. Many of these products include corrosive, flammable or toxic substances that can pose risks to human health and the environment if disposed of improperly.
The success of the 2017 HHW/E-Waste event also created some real challenges due to the long line of traffic and extended wait times for many participants. In response to helpful feedback provided by participants, City officials from the Water Resource, Public Works, and Sustainability Departments have been working in partnership to make improvements for future events. The most notable is that the City will begin holding multiple collection events this year to provide more opportunities for residents to properly dispose of HHW and E-Waste items. All events will now be located at the new Public Services Facilities on 929 Highland Avenue and will continue to be free of charge to South Portland residents. The 2018 schedule of events is as follows.
- HHW Collection Day: Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9AM – 1PM
- E-Waste Collection Day: Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9AM – 1PM
- HHW Collection Day: Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9AM – 1PM
For more information about any of these events please call 207-767-7635 or visit: