A single family home/condo is eligible for ONE 35 or 65 gallon trash and recycling cart. Should you feel you require more, a request can be made to the Public Works department. We do not approve any request without first doing a recycling check on your weekly collection. What that means; a representative from the Public Works department will inspect your collection for a minimum of 2 weeks. If upon those inspections recycling items or unacceptable items (yard waste/ larger items for the transfer station) are observed in your trash container, we will not approve a larger cart request. As we understand some circumstances require a larger cart (children under the age of 2 or medical waste) we will require each request to go through an inspection before approval. Larger carts are typically only approved for multi-unit buildings as apartments are required to share carts and are not issued one per unit.
Our standard cart policy is as follows:
Single family home/condo: 1 – 35 gallon OR 1- 65 gallon (3 or less people typically will receive a 35 gallon cart automatically)
2 units – 2 full sets of carts if space allows (4 total carts)
3 units – 1 – 95 gallon/1 – 65 gallon trash and recycling (4 total carts)
4 units – 2 – 95 gallon trash and recycling (4 total carts)
5 units – 2- 95 gallon/1 – 65 gallon trash, 2 -95 gallon recycling (5 total carts)
6 units – 3 – 95 gallon trash and recycling (6 total carts)
SMALL BUSINESS: By city ordinance, the city does not issue trash or recycling carts to businesses here in Saco, no matter what the size. Business are responsible to obtain their own collection service. If you see some carts out for small businesses, the city (before 2012) did supply carts to small businesses for a yearly fee, however that program was eliminated due to budget cuts. We no longer provide that option.
SEASONAL TRASH CART: If you own a seasonal property, you are eligible to purchase an additional cart that can be used between Memorial day and Columbus day each year. The cart fee is a one time fee of $50.00 and a seasonal sticker fee of $40.00 has to be paid each year you wish to use the cart.
Items for your BROWN cart. Cardboard, paperboard, notebook paper, glass, plastic (#1-#7), aluminum and steel. All can be mixed together in this cart. If any non-recyclable material, such as garbage or yard waste, is placed in the BROWN cart it will not be picked-up. For a complete list of acceptable recycling items, follow this link
The GREEN cart is to be used for garbage. They city's garbage collection is intended for "bagged" kitchen trash only. If you are cleaning out your basement, attic or garage, those items should go to the transfer station and not placed in your curbside cart. Your curbside collection does not allow for large items that do not fit in your cart, yard waste, construction debris, carpets, mini-blinds.. ect.. Please only placed bagged kitchen type trash in your carts. Any GREEN cart overfilled with garbage may not be picked-up. Any bags placed next to the GREEN cart will not be picked-up. Any trash placed out in a NON City type barrel, will not be collected. We allow for two bags of excess garbage on the first collection day following Thanksgiving and Christmas ONLY. During any other time of the year excess garbage can be disposed of at the Public Works Facility for a fee of $5.00 per bag. There is no drop off for trash in the City of Saco, as our trash is hauled to Portland (Eco-Maine). They use of our personal dumpster is limited to 2 bags.
If you have a BLUE cart at your residence, we no longer issue or require use of them. If you have excess RECYCLING you can place the cart out for use and it will get collected, however you are not required to separate your recycling materials as the cart states. Please do not use these carts for trash, as you will contaminate the recycling load. We will not replace broken blue carts. If you have a blue cart you would prefer not to have, you can drop them off at our Public works building on North St. We do not provide a pick-up service for them unless they are broken.