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Christmas Trees ARE NOT Recyclable

posted Feb 5, 2019, 10:11 AM by Stephen Buckley

As a community, we struggle with too many non-recyclable items placed in curbside recycling carts and in silver bullet containers.
 In last week’s town newsletterwe talked about how this problem led to the silver bullets at Walmart being removed. And, here is a photo of the most recent incident:

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That’s an artificial Christmas tree in a curbside recycling cart. Christmas trees, whether live or artificial, are not recyclable and should not be placed in recycling containers. Also, recyclables need to fit entirely inside recycling carts. This cart will not be picked up because it is overloaded with items that cannot be recycled.

Placing non-recyclables in recycling containers is a common problem in Scarborough. Ecomaine is the organization that receives and processes trash and recycling for many Maine towns, and they are starting to charge towns to dispose of recycling loads because of the increased cost to recycle and large amounts of non-recyclable “contamination.” This change at ecomaine is going to impact our municipal budget. In past years, Scarborough has not had to budget for disposal of recyclables, but that will change in the upcoming municipal budget.

Recycling is less expensive and better for the environment than throwing everything in the trash, but recycling only works and saves money if we do it correctly. In the coming months, the Town will “crack down” on improper recycling practices to help reduce our recycling costs. In the meantime, blatant abuses (like the one pictured above) will not be overlooked.

Please do your part by only placing recyclable items in your cart and in the silver bullets. If you’re not sure what can and cannot be recycled, check out Ecomaine's Recyclpedia (available as a mobile app and online). You can also contact Public Works with specific questions: pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.orgor 207-730-4400.



TRASH COLLECTION REMAINS ON SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, JAN 21st

posted Jan 20, 2019, 11:47 AM by Leona Oceania

Trash collection will remain
ON SCHEDULE for Monday, January 21st - it will NOT be affected by the storm nor the holiday. However, we do ask that no carts be put out until Monday morning, so as not to impede the clearing of the roadways during the night. Thank you!

PARKING BAN - TOWN OF SCARBOROUGH

posted Jan 18, 2019, 9:47 AM by Leona Oceania

There will be a parking ban in effect for the Town of Scarborough from Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 9:00 PM through Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 1:00 AM. During a parking ban, no vehicles are to be parked on Scarborough roadways. This enables the Public Works crew to safely and effectively clear the streets. 

We also request that whenever possible, residents leave their outside lights on at nighttime. This assists our plow drivers with visibility. 

Thank you! 

Questions? Contact us at pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.org or 207.730.4400.

REMINDER: Recycling Silver Bullets and Food Waste Collection no longer located at WalMart

posted Jan 18, 2019, 6:34 AM by Leona Oceania


We would like to extend our gratitude to WalMart for having hosted us these past years - THANK YOU! 

REMINDER: The Recycling Silver Bullets and Food Waste Collection will no longer be available at WalMart, effective immediately. Recycling Silver Bullets  are now located only on Route One at the Veterans Home (Bessey School Dr), as well as on Payne Road at Route One. Food waste may be dropped in the proper receptacle located on Route One at the Veterans Home, at the entrance to Pine Tree Waste on Pleasant Hill Road, and now also at the Payne Road site with the Silver Bullets. 

Please remember: ONLY recyclable items should be placed in the Silver Bullets, and boxes should be broken down. No recycling should be placed in plastic bags. Please do not leave anything outside of the Silver Bullets. If you have questions regarding how to dispose of any given item, please refer to ecomaine's Recylopedia or call us at 207.730.4400.

Questions? Contact us at pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.org or 207.730.4400.


Recycling/Silver Bullets/Food Waste: No Longer Available at WalMart

posted Jan 16, 2019, 8:22 AM by Leona Oceania

Unfortunately, the Silver Bullets and Food Waste Collection will no longer be available at WalMart, effective immediately. Silver Bullets for recycling will still be located on Route One at the Veterans Home, as well as on Payne Road at Route One. Food waste may be dropped in the proper receptacle located on Route One at the Veterans Home, as well as at the entrance to Pine Tree Waste on Pleasant Hill Road. 

Please remember: ONLY recyclable items should be placed in the Silver Bullets, and boxes should be broken down. No recycling should be placed in plastic bags. Please do not leave anything outside of the Silver Bullets. If you have questions regarding how to dispose of any given item, please refer to ecomaine's Recylopedia or call us at 207.730.4400.

Questions? Please contact us at pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.org or 207.730.4400.

Tree Ornament Found...Look Familiar?

posted Jan 11, 2019, 6:14 AM by Leona Oceania   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 8:40 AM ]

UPDATE: The owner of this ornament has been found! Thank you to everyone for sharing this information, and assisting us in our efforts! 

While gathering discarded Christmas Trees in the Olde Millbrook area on Thursday, January 10th, one of our staff spotted this ornament left behind on a tree.  We are hoping to return it to it's home - it is a very sweet little ornament! (about 1" in diameter) We have it here at Public Works, so if it looks familiar to anyone, please call Alecia at 207.730.4400.

Any other questions? Contact us at pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.org or 207.730.4400.

Trash Collection Schedule - New Year's Week - Reminder!

posted Dec 31, 2018, 10:53 AM by Leona Oceania


Trash collection will be "bumped" by one day for the upcoming New Years holiday week. For details, please refer to the attached document, or see below: 

New Years Week:

Monday pick up (Dec 31) is normal
If your pick up is normally on Tuesday (Jan. 1st) it will be picked up on Wednesday (Jan. 2nd) 
If your pick up is normally on Wednesday (Jan. 2nd) it will be picked up on Thursday (Jan. 3rd)
If your pick up is normally on Thursday (Jan. 3rd) it will be picked up on Friday (Jan. 4th) 
If your pick up is normally on Friday (Jan. 4th) it will be picked up on Saturday (Jan. 5th) 

Questions? Contact us at pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.org or 207.730.4400.

Happy New Year! 

Christmas Tree Collection

posted Dec 28, 2018, 9:32 AM by Leona Oceania

For the entire month of January, the Public Works Department will be picking up discarded Christmas Trees. If you would like to take advantage of this service, place your Christmas Tree curbside on your normal trash collection day, and we will be by to pick it up! 

Please remember: The trees will be picked up by the Public Works Department, not Pine Tree Waste. Although we ask that you put the tree out on the same day as your trash collection, the trees will NOT be collected by Pine Tree Waste along with your trash and recycling. In short, if your trash/recycling has been picked up, but your tree is still there - have no fear! We will be by to collect it! 

If there happens to be snow in the forecast on the day that you plan to put out your tree, please be sure that it is pulled back from the curb enough so that it does not get buried by the snowplow(s). Thank you! 

Questions? Contact us at pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.org or 207.730.4400.

Happy New Year! 

Trash Collection Schedule - New Years Week

posted Dec 27, 2018, 11:44 AM by Leona Oceania

Trash collection will be "bumped" by one day for the upcoming New Years holiday week. For details, please refer to the attached document, or see below: 

New Years Week:

Monday pick up (Dec 31) is normal
If your pick up is normally on Tuesday (Jan. 1st) it will be picked up on Wednesday (Jan. 2nd) 
If your pick up is normally on Wednesday (Jan. 2nd) it will be picked up on Thursday (Jan. 3rd)
If your pick up is normally on Thursday (Jan. 3rd) it will be picked up on Friday (Jan. 4th) 
If your pick up is normally on Friday (Jan. 4th) it will be picked up on Saturday (Jan. 5th) 

Questions? Contact us at pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.org or 207.730.4400.

Happy New Year! 

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule - Reminder

posted Dec 21, 2018, 1:08 PM by Leona Oceania

REMINDER!

Trash pick up will be "bumped" by one day for the upcoming holidays. For details, please refer to the attached document, or see below: 




Christmas Week: 
  • Monday pick up (Dec. 24) is normal
  • If your pick up is normally on Tuesday (Dec.25th) it will be picked up on Wednesday (Dec. 26)
  • If your pick up is normally on Wednesday (Dec. 26th) it will be picked up on Thursday (Dec. 27th)
  • If your pick up is normally on Thursday (Dec. 27th) it will be picked up on Friday (Dec. 28th) 
  • If your pick up is normally on Friday (Dec. 28th) it will be picked up on Saturday (Dec. 29th) 
New Years Week:
  • Monday pick up (Dec 31) is normal
  • If your pick up is normally on Tuesday (Jan. 1st) it will be picked up on Wednesday (Jan. 2nd) 
  • If your pick up is normally on Wednesday (Jan. 2nd) it will be picked up on Thursday (Jan. 3rd)
  • If your pick up is normally on Thursday (Jan. 3rd) it will be picked up on Friday (Jan. 4th) 
  • If your pick up is normally on Friday (Jan. 4th) it will be picked up on Saturday (Jan. 5th) 
Questions? Contact us at pwinfo@scarboroughmaine.org or 207.730.4400.

Happy Holidays!

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