Trash & Recycling

Orono's residential trash is currently being processed by Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC). Recycling is processed by Casella. The Town of Orono will continue to contract with Pine Tree Waste for curbside collection of trash and recycling. No changes to the schedule have been made. This relationship with PERC and Casella was formed to comply with the waste hierarchy adopted by the State of Maine. 
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According to Apparel Impact’s annual report, 5.3 tons of textiles were collected in the Town of Orono in six months in 2019.


Maine Department of Environmental Protection site: How Can I Safely Dispose of My Waste?

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.

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.

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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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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 CasellaClick 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 Textile Donation Bins at the Orono Thrift Shop and Bell’s IGA.

...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 20,2020 from 9am - 1pm at Old Town Transfer Station, 246 Gilman Falls Ave, Old Town
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...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 Penobscot Energy Recovery Center

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.