Solid Waste Programs & Services
The City of Portland's solid waste programs provides residents with convenient and environmentally friendly ways to recycle or dispose of unwanted items. A staff of 19 employees provides a variety of services including:
Only residential property owners, currently receiving the City of Portland's curbside trash and recycling services are eligible to apply for the Riverside eCard program.
eCards are located at 55 Portland Street, Department of Public Services building. Please do not go to Riverside Recycling Facility to inquire about an eCard.
When you arrive to pick up your eCard, you will need two documents:
A photo ID (such as a driver’s license)
Proof that you own your home (tax bill, a mortgage statement, closing documents or deed)
Important: The eCard allows up to 10 eligible Bulky Items to be brought to River Recycling Facility at no charge to the resident. Some items that will not be considered a "Bulky Item" under the eCard or Tag-it curbside collection programs are:
Any material that will fit in a 15 gallon or 30 gallon blue City trash bag
Construction, Renovation, Demolition Waste
Electronics – TV’s, Computers, Printers, Stereos, DVD players, VCR’s, etc. (electronics such as these are covered on eCard but not curbside collection)
Alternate Disposal Options Local Companies Several local companies in the greater Portland area collect bulky items and offer basement/garage clean-up services. Their prices vary on the level of service desired and the types of materials to be collected. Residents are welcome to contact these service providers for more information. Many of them advertise in local publications.
Public Service's Bulky Item Collection Program For those who wish to participate, the Department of Public Service’s bulky item collection program provides a convenient way to dispose of many items. Everyone who lives in a home, apartment building, or condominium that receives weekly service from Portland’s trash and recycling crews is eligible to participate. Items that weigh 30 lbs. or less and do not fit in a city trash bag, will be collected free of charge (limit 10 items per dwelling unit per year) while items that weigh more than 30 lbs. will be collected subject to a $40 fee. Click here to request your tag.
Please note that the city’s bulky item collection program cannot pick up electronic items such as televisions, computer monitors or other computer components and peripherals. For more information about recycling these items, see e-waste recycling web page.