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).
Purple Trash BagsLink to page
The City of Portland’s Riverside eCard is available to Portland residential property owners who use the City’s Trash & Recycling Services. The eCard allows free disposal of eligible items within the limits of the program. Properties that have a private disposal company are NOT eligible for the eCard program.Link to page
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:
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:
Most of these items and more can be brought to Riverside Recycling Facility for a fee. Riverside's fee schedule can be found at http://riversiderecycles.com/pricing
Websites with helpful information:
Habitat for Humanity - http://habitatportlandme.org
Freecycle - http://groups.freecycle.org
Goodwill of New England - http://www.goodwillnne.org/
Craigslist - http://maine.craigslist.org
Best Buy – Electronic Recycling
Alternate Disposal Options
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 Works Bulky Item Collection Program (Only from APRIL - NOV)
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
ITEMS that CAN and CANNOT be collected.
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.