The City of Saco supports Single-Sort Recycling. What does this mean for the residents? Single-Sort means ALL acceptable recycling material can be placed (loosely) inside your City issued BROWN cart. We do not require any special separation of materials. The BROWN cart can accept paper, cardboard, metals, plastics (#1-#7), glass jars and tin cans. All of your materials can be mixed within the one cart and will be sorted later on at Ecomaine. This does not affect the garbage collection in anyway. Both your garbage and your recycling are collected on the same day, but not necessarily at the same time.
What's Recyclable? You can actually ask Eco-Maine directly if you are confused what can be recycled and what can't! follow this link: Eco-Maine, Will it Recycle?
- Although collection is weekly, please wait until your cart is full or almost full, before placing them out for collection
- To avoid being missed, carts should be placed out for collection by 6:00. They do not guarantee same time service every week.
- Garbage and recycling are collected on the same day, however may be at different times.
- For the automated arm to work properly, allow 2 feet of clearance between carts
- Collection rarely will cancel due to inclement weather. Despite weather, unless you receive an email notification (by signing up for our distribution list) please have carts out as normal.
- ONLY the holidays highlighted will change your collections times. Collection schedule. Have carts out normally except for the holiday's specified.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT
- Paper and cardboard with heavy plastic attached (window envelopes are OK)
- Tissue paper
- Paper towels
- Waxed paper or waxed cardboard
- **Styrofoam of any type (even though some Styrofoam may say that is #6 with the recycling logo, it is still unacceptable for the recycling.)
- Any container that held a hazardous substance
- Porcelain, ceramics or mirrors
- Windows, ovenware, light bulbs
- Rechargeable batteries (tools, cellphones, etc.) may be recycled at boxes at the Public Works Department, 351 North Street and at the Transfer Station on Foss Road. For more information about rechargeable batteries, follow this link.
- NiCad and button cell batteries can be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste Day for safe disposal
- Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9v) can be placed in your usual household trash. Want to know why?
- Lead-acid batteries (auto, garden equipment) can be brought to any auto parts store for recycling.
Many leftover or discarded building materials that are still in good working order, such as doors, windows and lumber can be donated to Habitat for Humanity for resale in their Portland or Kennebunk ReStores. The ReStores also accept used appliances that are less than 7 years old. This is a great way to keep useful materials out of the landfill or incinerator. For more information, visit the Portland ReStore's web site or the Kennebunk ReStore's website
Excess recyclables that don't fit in the cart can be brought to the city's transfer station on Foss Road during normal hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.), or deposited in a container at the Public Works Department garage, 351 North Street between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Here are options for recycling bulk cardboard from commercial operations.
How does recycling save us money?
Every pound we recycle is one less pound we bury or burn. Recycling means less mining, smelting, milling, less energy used in production. It means cleaner water and cleaner air because less pollution is created during manufacture.
Recycling pickup and garbage collection both cost money. The City pays a high price to dispose of waste. In contrast, the City does not have to pay to dispose of its recycling. By increasing the amount we recycle and reducing the waste we send to burn, we can save even more.
Why did the City switch to Single Sort Recycling?
One of the benefits to this program is that the recycling collection will be more user friendly. By providing an easier program to the residents, the only decision you need to make in your house is whether something is garbage and goes in the green cart or recycling and goes in the brown cart.
Where does the recycling go?
The City sends its recycling to Eco-Maine in Portland. Below are some links to specific information that you may find helpful as you recycle:
- Recycling for Small Businesses (PDF file)
You may also find the following videos helpful:
Ecomaine: Recycling, Waste-to-energy and Landfill/Ashfill
How the Ecomaine single-sort process works
Single-sort recycling video by Roger McCord
Also, instead of having the two different carts for recycling, there will only be one, which will allow the recycling collection truck to spend less time in front of each household.
The City started taking its garbage to Ecomaine in July of 2007. Because we were under contract for our recyclables, we could not switch the recycling program until January, 2008. Ecomaine has spent 3.5 million dollars on the equipment that they use to sort the recyclable materials that they receive. This equipment actually sorts all of the materials by machinery except the # 2-7 plastics. The #2-7 plastics are sorted by hand.
If you have any questions about single-sort recycling please feel free to contact me at the Public Works Office at 284-6641 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.