Curbside Trash & Recycling Collection
Beginning June 29, 2020, residential curbside trash and recycling 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.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new bins and automated pickup, click here.
From now until June 29, 2020: Bangor residents should commingle ALL trash and recycling into the same bags/bins, and set those bags/bins curbside each week for pickup. When do you put your trash and recycling curbside? Click here for a map to find out.
Per the City ordinance for curbside trash/recycling collection (as of September 2, 2019):
Five 32-Gallon Bag Limit (30 pounds per bag). This is a five 32-gallon bag equivalency. Smaller bags of dog poop, wastepaper basket bags, and small kitchen garbage bags should be consolidated into larger garbage bags or into your bins/cans. No need to sort trash and recycling - everything can go into the same bag. Bags can be placed in the bin/can of your choice; use your existing trash bins or recycling bins.
Cardboard: must be broken down. Bulky cardboard can be broken down and neatly stacked/piled/bundled next to trash cans for pickup.
No Yard Waste. Brush, branches, leaves, potting plants and soil, and other yard waste can be brought to the Public Works compound at 530 Maine Avenue, Monday through Sunday, during daylight hours.
No Demolition Debris or Bulky Waste. All construction/demolition debris can be dropped off at the Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden. For more details on acceptable items, directions, and hours of operation, visit our Disposal of Bulky Waste & Demolition Debris page here.
No Tires. Tires can be taken to VIP Tires & Service in Bangor; DM&J in Winterport; and BDS in Norridgewock.
Household garbage collection is provided on a WEEKLY basis. The City contracts with a private firm for this service. It is available to all residential properties in the City with four or fewer residences.
Curbside Pickup Map: What Day Is Your Trash & Recycling Picked Up?
Observed Holidays – No Trash / Recycling will be collected on these days:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
If your regular collection day occurs on a day before the holiday, your rubbish/recycling will be collected on its regular day.
If your regular collection occurs on one of the observed holidays, your rubbish/recycling will be collected the next day.
If your regular collection occurs after a holiday, your rubbish/recycling will be collected one day later than normal.
Drop Off Yard Waste at Public Works
Public Works offers Bangor residents the opportunity to drop off yard waste, branches, and tree limbs. This material is accepted at Bangor Public Works, 530 Maine Avenue, from sunrise to sunset, 7 days per week. A permit is required in order to drop off yard waste and other organic materials. Permits are free to Bangor residents/property owners/businesses located in Bangor. Permits can be obtained from the Bangor Public Works main office located at 530 Maine Avenue during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Residents should bring in their vehicle registration for the vehicle they plan on using to haul debris. For vehicles not registered in Bangor, a copy of a tax bill is required to confirm residency.
There is a fee schedule for non-Bangor residents who wish to drop off yard waste and other organic debris at Bangor Public Works.
Organic Waste Fee Schedule for Non-Bangor Residents