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Departments > Public Works > Curbside Trash / Recycling Collection > Automated Curbside Garbage & Recycling Collection

Automated Curbside Garbage & Recycling Collection


Beginning June 29, 2020, residential curbside trash and recycling collection will be picked up by an automated side-load truck. All of your household's trash and recycling will go into your new trash bin. Your trash collection day will remain the same.

In June, prior to the start date, you will receive a new 96-gallon bin on wheels that will be specific to your address. There is no need to be home to receive your bin. Bins will include additional instructions for placement and use.

Requests for a 32-gallon bin in lieu of the standard 96-gallon bin can be made prior to April 15, 2020 by calling Public Works at (207) 992-4500. 

What are the major changes you need to be aware of?

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I still put my trash and recycling together?
Yes, please continue to mix both trash and recycling together in the same bags. Plastic containers should be compressed if possible, and cardboard broken down and flattened. Bulkier items such as cardboard do not need to be bagged, but they must be placed inside the bin.

Can I still place broken-down cardboard next to the bin?
No. All trash and recycling, whether bagged up or not, must go inside the bin. There is not a worker outside the truck to collect anything that is not in the bin. 

Will there still be a five-bag limit or weight limit?
The bag and weight limits of the past have been enforced for the safety of the workers picking up the bags. The automated side-load arm on the new trucks can lift heavier trash bins. As long as your trash and recycling fit inside the bin, you are good to go.

Given the size of the new containers, will people with mobility issues struggle to move them?
Despite the bins' size, they are lightweight, on wheels, and easy to move around. That said, if you are concerned about bin size, please contact Public Works at 992-4500 prior to April 15, 2020 to discuss options for a smaller size bin. Bins are also on display at the Public Works compound, 530 Maine Avenue; residents are welcome to stop by Monday-Friday during business hours to see them firsthand. 

I live in a multi-unit building. Do we each get our own bin?
Yes, each household receives a 96-gallon bin. If there are three apartments in your building, then your building will receive three bins. Building with more than four units must contract privately for trash and recycling collection.

What if my household needs more than one bin?
These bins are very large and exceed the weekly average output of Bangor households. Crews will also make an additional run during peak holiday season. That said, additional 96-gallon bins are available for $260 each year, which averages out to $5/week. The fee covers the cost of the extra trash generated as well as the cost of service and maintenance for the bin. Call Public Works at 207-992-4500 for more information. We are working out a fee structure for additional bins and will have more info soon.

What do I do with my existing trash bins?
Casella will take away any unwanted trash bins during the weeks of June 15th and June 22nd only. Simply mark them "please take" and place them curbside as usual, and Casella will haul them away. The Coastal Resources facility in Hampden will recycle them. You can also keep them if you have other uses for them. 

What do I do with my existing blue recycling bins?
Casella will also take these during weeks of June 15th and June 22nd if clearly marked. You can also drop these off at Public Works at 530 Maine Avenue, or keep them if you have other uses for them.

Do the bins need to be placed curbside in a certain way for the automated system?
Yes, the front of the bin should face the street. The bins are clearly marked with placement directions, and we will be distributing detailed instructions with more info soon.

How will the bins be marked? What happens if they get damaged?
Each household will receive a bin that is tagged with a unique code and its location. If bins are damaged and are unusable, they are repaired free of charge to the household. 

How will peak times like the holidays be handled?
Casella will make an additional run during the peak of holiday season. We will provide more details on this near the holidays.

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