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Public Works Department



PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
351 North Street
Public Works Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Director
Patrick Fox

Deputy Director
Travis Moore

City Engineer 
Joseph Laverriere

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WHAT'S NEW
 

Fall Leaf Collection - 2019: Curbside street collection of leaves will begin on Tuesday, November 12th. The City limits 20 bags per household, and leaves do have to be placed in PAPER bags. The leaves end up in our compost pile at the transfer station and we can not accept plastic.
Our collection will only occur on City accepted streets, we unfortunately do not enter onto Private Roads or developments. The collection is not associated with trash collection and is being picked up by the Public Works Department. We ask the WHOLE CITY have bags out by the 12th to ensure you are not missed when your street is collected. We can give no gaurantees when we will be on any particular street. Our collection will start at one end of the city and continue until each street has been visited once. 

Leaves are always accepted at the transfer station for free to Saco Residents


Solid Waste Advisory Committee:
Rising Recycling costs have been in the news lately. The City is looking to establish a Solid Waste Advisory committee to look at ways to adjust our program here in Saco. Our committee will consist of one Council liason, one school representative, one small business representative, 2 saco staff members and 3 citizen representatives (preferrably from different wards)

The Saco Solid Waste Advisory Committee has the following purpose:

  • Reduce Solid Waste costs for the City
  • Increase Recycling rates
  • Recycling education & outreach
  • Reduce Recycling contamination
  • Review and update changes to curbside collection program
  • Recommend policy changes and updates to Council
The Committe will start with a Two year term and will meet quarterly. 
Please visit our Boards & Committees page to sign up today!
If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive communications pertaining to the Solid Waste Committe, send your email to Amy Oliver at aoliver@sacomaine.org


PARKING BAN AND SERVICE CANCELLATIONS
If you'd like to be notified of parking bans and service cancellations, please join our email distribution list. You can also call (207) 282-SNOW (7669)

GOT POTHOLES? With the temperatures changing from bitterly cold to warm, back to cold, roadways take a beating! Public works will do our best to get to a pothole before you do, however we can always use your help! If you see a pothole, let us know! By using our online work order system, found here, or by calling the non-emergency dispatch through the Police Department (207-284-4535). Maine towns and cities are covered under Maine Law MRSA 23, Chapter 313. This means, if you hit a pothole, your town or City will not accept damage bills and would require you to file a claim with your insurance. This Law is also known as the "Defect law" or the "24-hour law". Cities and town must have known about the pothole and failed to make proper corrections to the area within 24 hours of notification.  Municipalities will not pay out damage claims directly. All claims are filed through the City's insurance company. We will not accept claims to be submitted to our office. We will ask you to file a claim with your own insurance, who will reach out to the city's insurance provider and determine if there was negligence on the City's behalf.

If you see a large pothole that could be dangerous, public works would like to hear about it.

HAVE A STREET LIGHT OUT?
You can report these outages directly to Central Maine Power through their online work order system. Street light repairs are repaired directly through CMP. Please visit their site.

http://www.cmpco.com/Outages/CMPstreetlightoutageform.html


"WISH" Recycling.. when you want it to be recyclable (because it is still usable or useful).. but it isn't. There are many items showing up in Recycling carts that may be recyclable, just not through your curbside cart. The items listed on our new and improved easy to follow flyer   list items recycled through Eco-Maine. If you are looking to recycle usable items, please consider some of these options:

H&M offers a coupon voucher for clothes brought to their store for recycling! You are recycling your items, and getting a discount on new items! Simply drop your bag of clothes at the counter and pick up your voucher! You can bring your items to Goodwill or Salvation Army, get a receipt and use the items as a tax write off! Consider donating to local shelters and often churches. Animal Welfare also accepts used blankets and sheets. Habitat for Humanity  (located in Portland and Kennebunk) will take most any household item. Used Doors, Windows, Counters, Lights, Appliances, Cabinets and flooring. Metal is recyclable, however large metal needs to go to the Transfer Station, or to AIM Recycling. Large metal can clog the machines at Eco-Maine and become very costly. Why not bring it to AIM Recycling and get paid for it! This can include lawn mowers, gas grills and bikes! Why throw it out if they can be used to help someone else or even sometimes yourself!

Things that should not go in Either City Curbside container and Go to the Transfer station include


New and Helpful Information about Recycling.
What is and isn't and how to make your curbside collection easier! Saco's printable brochure on collection items


Is This 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, RECYCLOPEDIA? There's even an App for that! By following this link you can also find information on how to download their latest version of the App for answering questions even quicker!

Did you know placing non-recyclable items in your cart can really cause a problem for Eco-Maine? When placing something in your cart, ask yourself "what will this become?" If your item can not be broken down, melted, or burned into something else, it probably isn't recyclable. Placing these items in your cart can slow down and interfere with machines that do the sorting. As many items can be "composted" it's not the same as "recyclable" 


GENERAL TIPS

  • 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 am. 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 or any other obstruction (parked car or mailbox)
  • 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.
  • If NON - recyclable items are found to be in your recycling cart, this will result in your cart not being collected. (yard waste, construction debris or bagged recycling)
  • All materials must be placed IN the cart. We can not pick up anything on top, or next to the cart. Additional recycling should be brought to the 2 drop off locations the City provides.
  • Brown for Recycling, Green for Trash! if you have a blue container, this can ONLY be used for recycling and not overflow trash.


COMPOST BINS: The Public Works Department is selling compost bins for $49. These 80-gallon bins made of recycled plastic will help you turn yard and food waste into a rich garden soil. 

Bins can be purchased directly at the Transfer Station, while supplies last. The transfer station can accept cash or check. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Purchasers must be a Saco resident.
Similar to picture below.

compost bin



BATTERIES?
Don't recycle alkaline batteries
Just a reminder that household alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V) are not recyclable and should be disposed of in your normal household trash. For more information on why, see our page on alkaline battery disposal.
04/13/16


THINK BLUEthinkblue
Think Blue is the campaign to halt water pollution caused by stormwater which sweeps pollution on the ground into rivers, streams, lakes and the ocean. For more on this issue, go to the Think Blue site.


REPORTING PROBLEMS

Please use the
CITY OF SACO HELPDESK
to report all problems.
Also please note that some issues are handled by other agencies:

  • Street Lights Issues or Downed power lines
    CMP:1-800-750-4000
  • Tree trimming around power lines
    CMP: 1-800-972-8600
  • Water Issues including shut off covers
    Maine Water: 282-1543
  • Trash and Recycling Curbside pick up
    BBI Waste: 791-2359
  • City Tree maintenance - Parks & Rec Dept 283-3139
  • Water problems - Maine Water Company 282-1543