Trash & Recycling

Coastal Resources of Maine is an innovative waste/recycling processing plant that will recover sustainable resources from material placed in both recycling and waste streams. They have been contracted to process Orono residential trash and recycling. The Town of Orono will continue to contract with Pine Tree Waste for curbside collection of trash and recycling. No changes to the schedule will be made.

Latest news: Coastal Resources solid waste plant in Hampden up and running

Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, or read on below:

FAQs

Where does the glass go?

Glass will be separated from the waste stream, cleaned and then ground into a grit suitable for use as an alternative daily cover for landfills (read more about why landfills use daily cover materials here: https://www.waste360.com/Landfill_Management/landfill-alternative-daily-covers-201101) or as an aggregate material for road construction.

Where does the plastic go?

#1 and #2 plastics will be recovered from the recycling stream, bundled and sold on the commodity recycling market. #3-#7 plastics will be recovered from the waste stream, shredded and then compacted into bricks suitable for burning in biomass fuel boilers.

Who is picking up my trash and recycling and will my day change?

The Town of Orono has contracted with Pine Tree Waste to do the curbside collection of trash and recycling. There will not be any changes to the scheduled pickup days.

When does the new recycling vendor start?

Coastal Resources of Maine will begin processing the Town of Orono's trash and recycling on a full-time basis on July 1, 2019. However, prior to that date, Coastal Resources will be taking trial loads of trash and recycling so residents should begin changing their recycling habits starting immediately.

What day is my trash and recycling collected?

For the streets west of Main Street, from Gardner Road to Bennoch Road, trash pick-up is Thursdays.

For both sides of Main Street and all streets east of Main, including everything north of the Stillwater River (College Avenue, Webster side), trash pick-up is Fridays.

Recycling occurs on every other week.

On the following holidays, trash pick-up is delayed by one day (except when the holiday falls on the weekend): New Year's, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

Click here for a calendar.

Do I still need to clean jars & containers?

Anything placed in a recycling bin (#1 & #2 plastics, aluminum cans) should be clean. Anything placed in the trash (glass, #3-#7 plastic) will be cleaned by the recovery process at Coastal Resources of Maine.

Can I still put my recycling in bags?

You may still put your recycling in clear plastic bags for curbside collection.

You have a household item to discard...

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textile bins located at Bells IGA, Thrift Shop and Landfill
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You have a household item to discard... what do you do with it?

...is it RECYCLABLE?
Paper
Plastics (#1 & #2)
Cardboard (clean)
Cans (aluminum)
Recyclables go in your recycling bin to be picked up curbside by the Town of Orono and processed by Coastal Resources of Maine. Click to see a complete list of allowable materials

...is it a TEXTILE?
Clothing
Footwear
Blankets
Towels
Textiles can be donated to used goods locations like the Orono Thrift Shop, and coming soon around town: Textile Donation Bins

...is it UNIVERSAL WASTE?
TVs
Batteries (lithium)
Lightbulbs
You can discard  these items at Electronics End in Brewer

...can it go to the LANDFILL?
Exercise equipment
Yard Waste
Mattresses
Construction
Pipes
Tires
Landfill permits can be purchased at the Town Office. Yard waste is free to drop off at Landfill, but a permit is required.

...is it HAZARDOUS WASTE?
Petroleum-based products
Oil Paint
Pesticides
Fertilizers
Propane
Next Hazardous Waste Disposal Event: June 22, 2019, from 9am - 1pm at Old Town Transfer Station, 246 Gilman Falls Ave, Old Town
Click for more disposal options

...if the answer to all of these is NO, it is TRASH
Contaminated organics (paper plates, pizza boxes)
Packaging plastics
Styrofoam
Plastics (#3 - #7)
Glass
Trash is picked up curbside by the Town of Orono and processed by Coastal Resources of Maine

Know the Trash Collection Schedule

 

Trash Pickup occurs weekly on the following schedule:
  • For the streets west of Main Street, from Gardner Road to Bennoch Road, trash pick-up is Thursdays.
  • For both sides of Main Street and all streets east of Main, including everything north of the Stillwater River (College Avenue, Webster side), trash pick-up is Fridays.
  • Sign-up for personal web & mobile based Trash & Recycling reminders
On the following holidays, trash pick-up is delayed by one day (except when the holiday falls on the weekend): New Year's, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Please have all items in containers and on your curb by 7am. 



Recycling Collection


The Town of Orono will be collecting recycled materials every other week, on your trash day, Thursday or Friday. As always, be sure to have your items placed curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day.