Trash & Recycling


The 2015 "Tag-It" Bulky Item curbside collection is now CLOSED.


  1. Riverside Recycling Facility will close at 1PM today due to inclement weather.

    The Facility will open at 7:30 am tomorrow and resume regular working hours. Read on...
  2. New Temporary Locations for Silver Bullet Recycling Containers

    The City’s Public Works department will be temporarily relocating the publicly accessible drop-off recycling containers currently located on Somerset Street to two new locations on Friday, January 15. Read on...
  3. Recycling Location on Somerset Street will CLOSE effective January 15, 2016

    Effective January 15, 2016, the Silver Bullet Roll-off Recycling Location will be Closed and relocated... Read on...
View All
Solid Waste Programs & Services
The City of Portland's Solid Waste Division programs provides City of Portland 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:
  • Weekly curbside collection of trash and recyclables
  • Service and maintain litter receptacles located in public spaces, including 50+ Bigbelly Solar trash compactors
  • Servicing and maintaining the "silver bullet" drop-off recycling center
  • Providing contract hauling services for ecomaine
  • Providing waste and recycling collection services for public schools and city buildings
  • Monitoring and ensuring safe and compliant operations at Riverside Recycling
  • Providing nine household hazardous waste collection events
  • Providing eligible property owners using City solid waste services with an electronic card (eCard) to dispose of bulky waste at Riverside Recycling Facility (limitations & rules apply) 
  • Providing bulky waste collection services through the Tag-It Bulky Item Sticker program which operates annually from April - November.

The City of Portland does not provide trash & recycling collection for Commercial Properties.  Business owners must retain a private contractor for their trash & recycling disposal (City Code, Chapter 12).  

Alternative Disposal Options

Rethink, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose!!

Websites with helpful information:

Alltech - Find & donate gently used assistive equipment. 

Best Buy – Electronic Recycling -

Craigslist -  

Freecycle - 

Furniture Friends -

Goodwill of New England - 

Habitat for Humanity – Restore - Located at 659 Warren Avenue, Portland 04103 - Tel: (207) 772-2151 Materials are accepted at staff discretion 

Portland Gear Hub - Outdoor sporting equipment - 

Ruth’s Reusable Resources -

Staples - Electronic Recycling -

Threads of Hope - 

Several local private companies in the greater Portland area offer collection and disposal of bulky items. Many have clean up services as well.

Contractor’s prices vary depending on the level of service desired and the types of materials to be collected. Residents should contact private service providers for more information.

Many local companies advertise in local publications or can be found in the telephone book.

If your business offers a free recycling program and wish to be considered for this this platform, please email Dawn Davidson with details of your request.

eCard Program

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.  
Required Documentation
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 
  • Commercial Waste
  • NO Electronics *NEW 2015*- TV’s, Computers, Printers, Stereos, DVD players, VCR’s, etc. (electronics such as these are covered on eCard but not curbside collection)
  • NO Universal Waste *NEW 2015* - Light bulbs, Batteries, White Goods (washer/dryer/dishwasher/fridge/freezer etc.) 
  • Car Parts and Batteries 
  • Propane Tanks
  • Liquids of any kind (Oil & Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Can be brought to Riverside on HHW days ONLY. Visit for details   

Most of these items and more can be brought to Riverside Recycling Facility for a fee.  Riverside's fee schedule can be found at  

"TAG-IT" Bulky Collection Program 
This program runs from APRIL - NOVEMBER 
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.
Items Acceptable for the Tag-It Curbside Program
PLEASE READ ~ ITEMS that CAN and CANNOT be collected 
Please Note:
Items that fit in a City trash bag are NOT eligible for the program.

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.