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Protecting the Health of our Community and Environment 

What You Need to Know about Pesticide and Fertilizer Use in South Portland  

The use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers on all public and private property is restricted in the City of South Portland (except in very limited circumstances). The City’s Landcare Management Ordinance (LMO) was enacted to create and foster vibrant landscapes that protect the health of people, pets, pollinators, and our critical waterways. The LMO establishes organic landcare methods as the primary means to care for and maintain property in South Portland, including lawns, gardens, athletic fields, parks, and playgrounds. The Landcare Management Advisory Committee is charged with advising the City Council and Sustainability Director on the ongoing implementation of the ordinance. Please see the fact sheets below for a quick reference on the LMO basics.

PESTICIDE ORDINANCE FACT SHEET

FERTILIZER ORDINANCE FACT SHEET

News & Updates

Pesticides & Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (posted 9/8/22)

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Department of Environmental Protection will holding a free pesticide disposal event in mid-October for all Maine residents. To participate, please submit an application by 9/26/22 and you'll receive event details.

On 10/22/22 from 8AM - noon, the Public Works and Water Resource Protection Departments will be providing a free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event for South Portland residents to drop off a variety of items - including pesticides. FMI please visit this link.

 

Notice to Applicants for New Development Projects - Soil Quality & Fertilizer Use Requirements (posted 4/26/22)

The City's Landcare Management Ordinance now includes soil quality requirements for new development projects that result in 2,000 square feet or more of soil disturbance that will not be covered with impervious surfaces (e.g., buildings or pavement). Please see this document for more information.

 

VIDEO ON TRANSITIONING TO ORGANIC LAND CARE (Aug. 2021)

 

Click HERE to see full screen version of video

 

 

COMMERCIAL APPLICATOR REPORTS - DUE ANNUALLY ON FEBRUARY 1

For pesticides applications within South Portland, the ordinance requires all Maine licensed applicators to submit annual summary reports to the City with the same information required in the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (MBPC) Annual Applicator Report.

Please submit this information by mail* or by using our online South Portland Commercial Pesticides Applicator Annual Summary Report form.

 *If submitting by mail please send to: South Portland Sustainability Office at 25 Cottage Road (04106)

  

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Growing a Healthy Yard and Garden

Why Restrict Pesticides and Fertilizers
What You Need to Know
Growing a Healthy Yard and Garden

 

Events, Trainings & More

How the Ordinance was Created

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Events, Trainings & More How the Ordinance was Created Demonstration Projects

 

The information contained in this site was drawn from multiple sources including: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Friends of Casco Bay, Beyond Pesticides, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Northeast Organic Farming Association, and the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District.