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Scarborough “Silver Bullets” for Recycling

The “Silver Bullets” (which are actually painted dark blue) are located at the Public Works facility at 20 Washington Avenue,

Scarborough. As you approach the Public Works facility on your left, drive past the facility, past the employee parking lot, and the silver (blue) bullets will be the next driveway.

The silver (blue) bullets are available 24/7/365 and are electronically monitored. Please recycle correctly and responsibly - thank you!

Questions? Contact us at or (207) 730-4400.

Importance of Proper Recycling

We’ve been talking about recycling a lot these days, and for good reason – changes in recycling throughout the world are affecting us here in Maine. The biggest impact is to our town budget.

It is vital that we reduce the contamination in our recycling. Recycling loads arriving at Ecomaine with less than 25% contamination are processed at a rate of $45.00/ton (FY24). However, if a recycling load has more than 25% contamination (non-recyclable items) we are charged the fee for the recycling load ($45.00/ton - FY24) PLUS the fee for processing it as a trash load ($87.50 - FY24). In short, a load of contaminated recycling costs the town $132.50/ton. This adds up quickly and is an entirely avoidable additional expense.

Here is some helpful information to assist everyone in knowing what is recyclable, and what is not. Downloadable links are included.


Not sure how to recycle or dispose of something? The ecomaine Recyclopedia website is an invaluable resource! Simply type in the name of the waste item in question, and the website will direct you what to do next.

You can obtain information here regarding (but not limited to):

  • Paint disposal
  • Bulky items
  • Medical/Sharps disposal
  • Medication disposal
  • Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
  • Hazardous Waste