For Immediate Release
June 25, 2019
Contact: Zeth Lundy, Public Information Coordinator
City of Bangor to Increase Recycling Efforts with Commingled Curbside Collection Beginning September 2nd
BANGOR, MAINE – Beginning September 2, 2019, the City of Bangor will consolidate its curbside trash and recycling pickup to a weekly “one bin all in” approach. As part of the City’s efforts to work towards a safer, cleaner, more metered solid waste strategy, residents should put all waste and recyclables into the same container and place it curbside for weekly collection. Weekly collection days are the same days that pickup currently takes place; there will be no extra bi-weekly recycling pickup.
All commingled residential and commercial solid waste and recycling in Bangor will now be processed by the Coastal Resources of Maine/Fiberight facility in Hampden. Trash and recycling will be sorted on site by Coastal Resources, which will recover, recycle, and upgrade many of the wasted materials thrown out each week. Recovered parts of trash will be converted into ethanol and biogas; plastics will be converted into “briquettes” that can be used for fuel; and solubilized food waste is processed through anaerobic digestion.
Although this new process requires less sorting on the part of citizens, it will more than double Bangor’s annual recycling efforts and help to stay one step ahead as the nature and business of recycling changes.
The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. For information on City projects and news, see www.bangormaine.gov.