Trash & Recycling Collection
Curbside Trash Collection
Residential curbside trash and recycling is picked up by automated side-load trucks. All of your household's trash and recycling go into your 96-gallon trash bin, which is provided to you by the City and is tagged with a unique code that corresponds to your address.
Find your trash collection day here.
PLEASE NOTE: If you move from your current address in Bangor, please leave your trash bin at your old address. Trash bins are tagged with unique numbers that correspond to each street address. In addition, if you did pay for an additional bin and move from your current address to a new address in Bangor, you may take that with you — but please call or email Public Works with the serial number of the bin so that we can update our records.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new bins and automated pickup, click here.
All trash and recycling can go into your bin. Please break down cardboard and plastic as best as you can to create room. Please do not pack your bin so tightly that the contents will not fall out when it is tipped upside-down by the automated trucks.
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.
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.
Disposing of Cardboard
Residents can drop off cardboard for recycling at Public Works. Material is accepted at 530 Maine Avenue, from sunrise to sunset, 7 days per week. Cardboard must be broken down in order to fit in the dumpster. Only household cardboard can be disposed of in these dumpsters- business waste is NOT permitted.
If the collection receptacles at Public Works are full, Bangor residents can also drop off cardboard at Pine Tree Landfill, at no charge to the resident, at 358 Emerson Mill Road, Hampden. Click here for directions, hours, and contact information.
Here is the process to drop off cardboard at Pine Tree Landfill:
• Drive up to the right of the scales as you enter the landfill – no need to enter the scale
• Let the scale-house operator know that you are only dropping off cardboard
• Drive around the containment structures until you see the blue dumpsters that say “Zero Sort Recycling”
• Drop off your broken down cardboard
• Exit the same way you entered. No need to let the scale operator know you are leaving.
• Residents will need to go across the scale if they are dumping something other than cardboard
o If they have cardboard and other waste they need to go drop off the cardboard then go back to the entrance to go across the scale and follow the normal weigh-in, weigh-out process
• Do not throw non-cardboard packing material in the dumpsters (foam-board, packing peanuts, styrofoam, etc)
• Please break down cardboard so their recycling isn’t filled up with boxes full of air
• There are cameras that monitor the cardboard dumpsters and the other [paid] waste drop off areas
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
Application for Solid Waste Hauler’s License
Completed applications and fees can be paid in person at, or mailed to:
City of Bangor – Public Works
530 Maine Ave
Bangor, ME 04401