Waste Reduction    


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



Programs & Policies:

  • Food Waste Collection pilot program - Starting in May 2017 the City will be running a one-year pilot program to collect food waste curbside from residents in Knightville and a portion of Meetinghouse Hill. Residents in the pilot area will receive a 6-gallon bin for food waste, and be expected to set these bins on the curb along with trash and recycling weekly. 

  • Reusable Bag Ordinance - Starting in March 2016 the City's Reusable Bag Ordinance  goes into effect. Food retailers will begin charging 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 - Also starting in March 2016, the City's Polystyrene Ban Ordinance goes 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 The 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.

Special Waste Disposal Events:

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