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Curbside Trash and Recycling

Collection Schedule

Place trash containers curbside no later than 7:00 AM on the day of pickup.  
Not sure of your neighborhood's scheduled collection day?  Check out the trash collection street list and map linked below.

Holiday Week Collection

There is no trash collection on the following days:
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day
Occasionally, trash collection will not be affected by these holidays. The current policy is to check our contractor's pickup schedule and then post a notice outlining any changes. Notices will be published in the Scarborough Leader, The Forecaster, The Current, Scarborough Community TV, the Town website, and on signs displayed at various municipal locations.

Storm Day Collection

Trash will be collected on storm days, even if there is no school. Only extreme weather conditions will prevent trucks from going out.

Trash Carts

The placement of the new trash carts is important so they can be picked up and emptied automatically by the vehicles.

Proper Curbside Trash Cart Placement

Trash carts are picked up and emptied by extended arms on automated trucks. Be sure to leave a few feet of space between and around your trash and recycling carts. Carts placed too closely together do not provide enough room for the truck arm to reach, grasp, and return the carts. 

Winter Trash Cart Placement

Wait until the day of your scheduled pickup to place carts curbside. Do not put carts out on the side of the road overnight. Place carts back from snow banks. The arm on the automated truck has a reach of about 12 feet, so if the cart is set back in your driveway, your materials will still get picked up. Remove empty containers from the side of the road as soon as possible.

Single-Sort Recycling

Not sure of what you can and cannot recycle? Click the link below to view a, published by ecomaine.


Household Medical Waste Disposal 

Sharps (e.g. needles), bandages, prescriptions and other medical waste in small quantities from your home may be included with your residential trash. It is necessary for your safety, and to others in your household, and to those handling the trash that these items be securely contained before discarding.

Sharps Disposal 

Dispose of sharps in a rigid, leak-proof, puncture-resistant container, such as a hard, plastic bottle with a screw-on or tightly secured lid (a liquid detergent bottle with a large opening is a good choice, or you may purchase a disposable container at a pharmacy). To dispose of the container, label it using masking tape or duct tape and write on it, “Do NOT Recycle.” Screw the lid on tightly and secure it with tape to prevent accidental opening. Then, it can be included with your regular household trash. 

Don’t use glass, milk jugs, milk cartons, or clear plastic containers (they may break, be punctured or taken for illicit use). Don’t put sharp objects in a container that will be recycled or returned to a store. 

For more information about disposing of sharps  and information on needle clippers and designated sharp containers visit Maine DEP website.   

        Maine DEP - Safe Disposal of Household Medical Sharps []
        Flyer - Proper Disposal of Household Sharps [PDF[]

Medication Disposal 

Medications & Prescription Drugs Residential prescription drug disposal may be done in free mailer envelopes sponsored by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, which are available at participating Maine pharmacies. As an alternative, residents of municipalities using ecomaine for trash disposal may discard medications and prescription drugs in their household trash because our waste-to-energy plant destroys trash at 2,000 degrees (F). As a precaution, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency recommends first mixing prescription drugs with kitty litter or coffee grounds to prevent removal and misuse.

Other home medical waste Soiled bandages, disposable sheets, and medical gloves should be placed in securely fastened plastic bags before you put them in with your other household trash.

For more information, contact:
Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Curbside Recycling Overflow

Too many recycling items for your cart?
As an additional resource, the town of Scarborough provides ‘Silver Bullets’ for recycling of paper, plastic, cans, & cardboard.
These dumpsters are available to residents who occasionally have excess recyclables.  

Silver Bullet Locations: US Route 1 (in front of the Veteran’s Home), Payne Road (behind On the Vine) & Walmart (Scarborough).
  • Cardboard boxes should be broken down prior to being discarded.  
  • Absolutely no large/bulky items, electronic, or hazardous waste are to be placed in or outside of the silver bullets.

Household Waste OVERFLOW

Overflow household waste may be brought to:
               Scarborough Public Works Department 
               20 Washington Ave 
               Scarborough Industrial Park 
  • Drop-off hours:  8 am – 3 pm, Monday – Friday.
  • This option pertains to HOUSEHOLD WASTE ONLY
  • Please sign in at the office before dropping off your trash.  

Bulky & Electronics Waste (E-Waste)            

Bulky / Large Item Waste                                                                           

Bulky Waste and Electronics Information Flyer

Yard Debris, Construction Material, Household Furniture & Appliances, Etc.

There is no town-owned dump, transfer station, recycling or disposal facility open to residents in Scarborough.  However, for a fee, residents can dispose of their bulky waste at two conveniently located facilities:

1)  The Community Recycling Center in Scarborough             

2)  Riverside Recycling Center in Portland.                                                                                                             

See brochure below for additional information and a list of fees for both facilities. At Community Recycling, with proper ID, residents can dispose of leaves and/or grass clippings free of charge. Please – do not mix any small branches  or other yard debris with leaves or grass. 

Community Recycling Center Directions:

8 Runway Rd

From: US Route 1

To: Pleasant Road      

2nd Left: Gibson Road 
Bear Left Onto: Runway Road 



Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Computers, office electronics, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets, etc.

Goodwill accepts any working and non-working technology, free of charge, at any store or donation center.  Large tech donations (enough to fill a pallet or more) can be donated in the Gorham Industrial Park.   Accepted items: Computers and anything ever hooked up to computers, cell phones, cameras, GPS devices, MP3 players, tablets, LCD and plasma televisions, and many more technology items.  CRT televisions are NOT ACCEPTED.  However, it is okay to bring in your CRT computer monitors. Contact:  Joe Pooler, jpooler@goodwillnne.o

Staples and Best Buy will recycle your computer and related products at no charge. It doesn't matter what brand, where you bought it or what condition. Staples and Best Buy also take camcorders, digital cameras, shredders, mobile phones, GPS devices and digital music players. 

Motorola Brand Disposal Option:
Motorola ‘s take back program applies to batteries, cell phones & other equipment in any quantity. Please read their Web page for details.

Pine Tree Waste is now accepting universal waste. Items may be dropped off at their facility at 87 Pleasant Hill Rd., 8 am - 5 pm, Monday thru Friday.  See prices on "Bulky Waste and Electronics" flyer.

Electronic waste recycling is a large and rapidly consolidating business. Recycling raw materials from end-of-life electronics is the most effective solution to the growing e-waste problem. People tend to forget that properly disposing or reusing electronics can help prevent health problems, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Audiovisual components, televisions, VCR’s, stereo equipment, mobile phones, other handheld devices and computer components contain valuable elements and substances suitable for reclamation, including lead, copper, and gold. Substances found in large quantities include epoxy resins, fiberglass, PCB’S, PVC, lead, tin, copper, silicon, beryllium, carbon, iron, and aluminum. Responsible recycling ensures best management practices of the electronics being recycled, worker health and safety, and consideration for the environment.

   >  The environmental impact of the processing of different electronic waste components  < 




Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT’s)  used in TV’s, computer monitors, ATM, video cameras, and more

Breaking and removal of yoke, then dumping

Lead, barium and other heavy metals leaching into the ground water and release of toxic phosphor (not the same as phosphorus)

Printed Circuit board

De-soldering and removal of computer chips; open burning and acid baths to remove final metals after chips are removed

Air emissions as well as discharge into rivers of glass dust, tin, lead, brominated dioxin, beryllium cadmium, and mercury

Chips and other gold-plated components

Chemical stripping using nitric and hydrochloric acid and burning of chips

Hydrocarbons, heavy metals, brominated substances discharged directly into rivers acidifying fish & flora.  Tin and lead contamination of surface and groundwater.  Air emissions of brominated dioxins, heavy metals and hydrocarbons.

Plastics from printers, keyboards, monitors, etc.

Shredding and low temp melting to be reused

Emissions of brominated dioxins, heavy metals, and hydrocarbons.

Computer wires

Open burning & stripping to remove copper

Hydrocarbon ashes released into air, water, & soil.

Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Many common household items contain chemicals that can create environmental hazards if not handled properly.

In an effort to provide Scarborough residents with disposal options, Public Works schedules a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day each year.  The event is normally scheduled on a Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon and is free of charge to Scarborough residents.  For times & dates of the events please check your local newspapers, Scarborough cable TV, the Town’s website, or visit us on Facebook.

Additional Information on Hazardous Waste:
In 1979, the Maine Legislature enacted the Maine Hazardous Waste, Septage and Solid Waste Management Act. This Act directed the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection to issue State regulations for the safe management and transportation of hazardous wastes. These rules built upon the minimum Federal rules, tailoring them to Maine’s environment and strong reliance on groundwater for drinking water. These rules are called the Maine Hazardous Waste Management Regulations Chapters 850 through 857.


How to Recycle Your Paint                                    

Paintcare makes recycling your leftover paint almost as easy as buying new paint.
Convenient locations have been set up where you can take unwanted paint for reuse or recycling. Paintcare
sites take back all brands (not just the brands they sell) of acceptable house paint, stains, and varnish during
their regular business hours. The paint stores accept paint from anyone in their state.

To use any Paintcare site, prepare your unwanted paint, stains, and other acceptable products by making sure the
lids are secured tightly, no containers are leaking, and they have original labels and in their original containers.
Please do not mix paints together.

Please do not bring empty paint cans; they can be disposed of in your regular trash. Pack your paint cans in a sturdy
cardboard box in your vehicle and take them to a PaintCare drop-off site during their advertised regular hours.
PaintCare sites have limits on how much paint they can accept, but they all take at least 5 gallons of paint per visit;
some sites take more. It’s always best to call the site before bringing in your paint.


Products Accepted

PaintCare sites accept house paint, primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g. shellac and varnish), but do not
accept aerosols
(spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. The products
we can accept are referred to as "Program Products" or "architectural paint," and they must be in containers that
are no larger than 5 gallons in size.

        Accepted Products


There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site.  PaintCare is funded by the 
“PaintCare Fee” which starting on October 1, 2015 is added to the purchase price of paint sold in the state.  
These fees are paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers, then passed down to retailers and to their
customers.  When you buy paint, you will most likely see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container.  
The fee is not a deposit – you will not get it back when you drop off paint – a common misunderstanding.   
Fees pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, and program administration, and
to manage old “legacy” paint – the paint that has been accumulating in homes and businesses from before
the program started.  PaintCare sites accept old paint, even if it is 30 years old. 



Visit the Sustainability page for information about food waste and composting.

Swap Shop

The Town of Scarborough and the City of Saco have joined forces to provide community members with an online Swap Shop. If you have unwanted items and you don't want to be bothered with a classified ad, try the Swap Shop. It's a free and easy way to get rid of clutter that you don't want (but maybe your neighbors do). For more information, click on the link below to visit the Swap Shop web site.