Household trash should be placed in the GREEN cart provided by the city and placed curbside the day of your scheduled pickup by 6:00 am. All trash must be placed in City issued carts. Any items left beside, on top, or in non city carts will not be collected. For more information on our curbside program, please follow this link.
The City of Saco contracts with Eco-Maine in Portland for trash disposal. Therefore, there is no place in Saco that additional trash can be disposed of. A lot of times, trash carts become overfilled with items that are not meant for your curbside cart. The only items meant for your curbside collection are bags of kitchen trash. If you are cleaning out your basement or attic and bagged your items, those can be brought to the transfer station. If you have overflow kitchen/food waste bags, you can wait until your next week's collection or pay a $5.00 per bag fee at the Public Works Dept to use our personal dumpster. We have a 2 bag limit per household at a time.
The City will allow for TWO (2) Extra bags next to your cart the FIRST collection day after Thanksgiving and Christmas ONLY. Please do not place bags on top as the cart as this may result in your entire cart not being collected. The automatic arm can not lift a cart with bags or any other type of debris not in the container securely.
An optional, Earth-friendly, way to dispose of kitchen scraps is composting. We are testing a curbside composting program with We Compost It. For a small monthly fee, We Compost It will collect a bucket of your kitchen scraps on a regular basis and turn it into valuable garden compost. For more information, see our page on curbside composting.
Cans, bottles, newsprint, cardboard and most plastics are recycled using the BROWN cart. More information on this can be found on our recycling page. Excess recyclables that don't fit in the cart can be brought to the city's transfer station on Foss Road (as of October 15, 2013), or deposited in the "silver bullet" container located at the Public Works Dept on North St.
BULK CARDBOARD Here are options for bulk cardboard from commercial operations.
- Rechargeable batteries (tools, cellphones, etc.) may be recycled at boxes at the Public Works Department, 351 North Street and at the Transfer Station on Foss Road. For more information about rechargeable batteries, follow this link.
- NiCad and button cell batteries can be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste Day for safe disposal
- Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9v) can be placed in your usual household trash.Want to know why?
- Lead-acid batteries (auto, garden equipment) can be brought to any auto parts store for recycling
Are picked up by the city in the late fall. We will post pickup dates on the Public Works home page. Leaves must be placed in biodegradeable paper bags in order to be collected. Leaves and grass may also be brought to the city transfer station on Foss Road during normal operating hours at no cost to residents. There is a fee for Contractor disposal.
Brush less than 3 inches in diameter may be brought to the transfer station. A permit is required. Saco residents are allowed to dispose of up to 3 cubic yards (free) in addition to the 3 yards of demolition on the permit.
Stumps may be taken to Community Recycling in Scarborough. The City of Saco does not accept them.
Bulky items (furniture, old wood, mattresses, etc may be brought to the city transfer station on Foss Road. A permit is required.
Large metal objects
Large metal objects such as appliances, bicycles, etc. may be brought to the transfer station. A permit is required. A fee does apply.
Are accepted at the Transfer Station typically without fee or yardage usage for disposal. Metal waste may also be brought to AIM Recycling in Arundel, a company that pays you for recycling. Their telephone number is 985-4892.
Waste oil can be dropped off at the Public Works Department, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. Oil must be in clear plastic containers if you intend to leave the containers. Oil must be free of all contaminants such as gas, water or dirt. We can only accept a maximum of a 5 gallons per visit. You must check into the main office upon each drop off.
Household Hazardous Waste
Information on disposing of household hazardous waste can be found by following this link. We also hold a hazardous waste collection day each year. More information about this may be found by following this link.
Old paint cans
Latex Paint is disposable on your own and is not considered hazardous as long as the paint is dried out. You may allow the paint to dry by removing the lid and air drying, or pouring liquid paint into a trash bag and mixing with an absorbent material such as kitty litter or speedy dry. The trash bag of dried paint can go in your trash cart for collection. The cans are recyclable if clean of paint residue, but not the lids. The cans with dried on paint can also be accepted at the transfer station with use of your pass.
Did you know you can recycle your paints year round? By following this link Locate Paint Care, you can find a facility near you that will accept your paints. Also be sure to check with the site you chose to view their restrictions. Some have you call ahead, some limit how much at one time. Most places accept both Latex and oil based paints.
Electronic equipment, fluorescent lamps
Universal waste (wastes that contain mercury such as thermometers, fluorescent lamps, ballasts, computers, televisions and other electronics) must be taken to the transfer station.
There is a fee to dispose of these items. For a list of Universal waste items and their associated fees, follow this link.