Per Press Release issued by the City, the TRANSFER STATION and the PUBLIC WORKS OFFICES will be closed to the public until at least January 10, 2021.

Several “silver bullet” containers will be placed outside of the gate at the Transfer Station for the purpose of residential recycling drop-off. These canisters will not be staffed and only recyclable products will be accepted – please do not dispose of other types of waste. These containers will be available throughout the closure and will be monitored and emptied as needed.

Friday, 01/01 Curbside trash and recycling will be collected on Saturday, 01/02.  All other collection days remain standard schedule.

Christmas Tree collection will be postponed until Monday, January 11. Trees must be curbside by Sunday, January 10.  


Rubbish and Recycling

Trash and recycling collection is conducted weekly by Pine Tree Waste, a local company contracted by the City, and hauled to ecomaine, a non-profit, community-owned recycling and waste-to-energy plant in Portland.

Each residence is issued two barrels – green for rubbish and blue for recycling. On your collection day, place barrels curbside, front-facing, by 7am and remove emptied containers by sunset the same day. Please note that yard and construction debris is not accepted in barrels.  To report trash that's not picked up, please call Public Works at (207) 767-7635.

There is no large-item curbside pickup in South Portland.  Debris and large items may be taken to the Transfer Facility

The following items are uniquely recyclable through state take-back programs:


     Rechargeable Batteries:   

     Lightbulbs & tubes:

South Portland participates in a single-sort recycling program and encourages all residents to reduce the amount of waste you generate by recycling. Not only is recycling an environmentally-conscientious action, but it saves you money by saving the City money in solid waste tipping fees. Refer to the chart below for general recycling guidelines. Additional information, along with a submission form for questions about items not listed, can be found on ecomaine's website.

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Download the South Portland Recycles App for iPhone or Android, or use the tool below 

Use the App or interactive tool below to:

  • Check the pickup schedule for your address
  • Add trash set-out reminders to your calendar
  • Sign up for alerts such as disruptions in service
  • Find out “how should I dispose of this?” with the Recyclopedia



Leaf and Christmas Tree Pick-up

Curbside leaf pick-up will be conducted beginning Monday, November 16, 2020.  Place leaves in biodegradable paper bags (no plastic bags, please), and leave curbside until collected.  We will only make one sweep through the city this year, so bags must be curbside by Sunday, November 15.

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Christmas trees are collected for approximately 2 weeks following Christmas.

Both collections will be picked up by Public Works crews, not Pine Tree Waste. Please set leaf bags and trees curbside, but away from your trash barrels.  If you should miss the collection dates, these items can be brought to the Transfer Facility, free of charge.


Hazardous Household and Electronic Waste Collection

Please check out our Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Waste information page.