Waste Reduction    

Goal:

To increase South Portland's recycling rate to 40% by 2020 through purposeful purchasing, reuse, recycling, and composting.

Programs & Policies:

Food Waste Recycling Program 
Because both feedback from residents and data collected from the South Portland's food waste collection pilot were both positive, the City will be rolling out a food waste recycling program for all City residents in July. This will be an opt-in program. 

Reusable Bag Ordinance 
On March 1st, 2016 the City's Reusable Bag Ordinance  went into effect. Food retailers charge customers a five cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags. Plastic bags are not recyclable or compostable and often end up as litter in our landscape and marine environment. The City is hoping to reduce waste and encourage shoppers to use reusable bags.

Polystyrene Foam Ban Ordinance 
On March 1st, 2016 the City's Polystyrene Ban Ordinance went into effect. The use of polystyrene (commonly known as Styrofoam) is banned from every establishment that uses it to package food for retail sale. Polystyrene is not easily recycled and when littered or discarded breaks into small, non-biodegradable pieces that are harmful to water to water quality, storm water, and wildlife. Recyclable, reusable or compostable alternatives are on the market and readily available.

Zero Waste Events 
T
he ultimate goal of a Zero Waste Event is to divert 90% or more of trash from the landfill through purposeful purchasing, recycling and composting. While this may seem like a lofty goal, the City is making strides to achieve it.

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Special Waste Disposal Events: