Trash 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. Barrels must be 3 feet from any obstacles, including each other. Please note that neither yard nor construction debris is accepted in barrels. To report trash that's not picked up or to request a repair or replacement trash or recycling bin, please call Public Works at (207) 767-7635. Recycle lids are available for pickup at the Municipal Services office across from the Transfer Station, if you'd prefer to replace it yourself.
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: https://www.call2recycle.org/locator/
Lightbulbs & tubes: https://www.maine.gov/dep/gis/datamaps/brwm_recycling/
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.
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.
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.
Food Waste Composting Program
Diverting food waste from the municipal solid waste stream is one of the most effective ways to reduce waste; on average, up to a third of household waste consists of food scraps. Rather than sending your food waste down the disposal or to a landfill, convert it to compost by participating in the City of South Portland's food waste composting program (click link for more information.)