Waste Reduction Committee
(formerly the Energy & Recycling Committee)

The Waste Reduction Committee meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 P.M. at the Community Center.

The purpose of the Waste Reduction Committee is to assist the City in transitioning to a zero waste community by serving in an advisory capacity to the Sustainability Department as the City examines opportunities to minimize waste while changing how the community consumes and disposes of goods and services.

The Waste Reduction Committee will advise the Sustainability Department on policies, programs, and initiatives that improve single-stream recycling, divert organic waste, minimize single-use plastics, and enhance a circular economy.

The Committee will focus on community outreach and education, programs and studies, data analysis, ordinance modifications, and public/private collaborations. The Waste Reduction Committee may also make recommendations to the City Council. Committee members will be expected to seek collaborative solutions that will provide the greatest benefit to the citizens and businesses of the City.

More information on South Portland’s pathway to a zero waste community is outlined in the Waste Reduction section of One Climate Future, the City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Information about existing waste reduction programs and policies, as well as recycling resources, can be found on the Sustainability Office webpage.

Dual-Compartment Trucks

How do our dual-compartment trucks work? In the video below, you can see that, after the truck collects and empties the garbage cart, the separator on the inside of the truck flips over so the recycling cart's contents are dumped into another section of the truck.

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Single Stream Recycling Video

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