Trash and Recycling Collection

The City of Biddeford began the Zero-Sort Recycling Program in 2013. Through this system, our residents may place all accepted recyclable items loosely in their 65-gallon blue recycling bin, and they will be sorted by Casella at their recycling plant. All residents also receive a 35-gallon green trash bin for non-recyclable waste. Trash and recycling will be collected on the same day once per week. The City collects the green container and Casella collects the blue container.

Recycling vs Trash Bins

Both the blue recycling containers and the green trash containers are the property of the City of Biddeford and have been assigned to property owners for use in the City’s Recycling and Trash Curbside Collection Program. Both containers have serial numbers printed on them and have an RFID chip placed within the plastic for identification purposes. During the distribution of the containers, the serial number of each container was assigned to the property address that it was placed at.

Property owners are responsible for distributing the containers to their tenants. Containers may be marked in order to identify which unit it is assigned to. Property owners are responsible for the containers they assign to their tenants.

Pay-As-You-Throw Bags

If you have more trash than can fit in the green 35-gallon container, you will need to purchase Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) bags. Pay As You Throw Bags may be placed in a separate container no larger than 45 gallons. Find more information about the PAYT system. 

Automated Trash Collection

The Biddeford Public Works Department transitioned its trash collection services from manual to automated trash pickup in February 2024. Using a trash truck with an automated collection arm is both safer and more efficient for workers. We ask that you please keep your cart at least five feet from parked vehicles, mailboxes, telephone poles, low-hanging tree limbs, and other possible hazards that could prevent the automated arm from being able to grab and lift your cart. Thank you for your cooperation!

Accepted Recyclables

ONLY the items listed below can be placed in your blue recycling bin. Place your recyclables loosely in the blue bin (do not bag them).

  • Cardboard/Paper
    • Corrugated Cardboard (Wavy center layer)
    • Boxboard (Dry-food boxes, egg cartons, paper towel rolls, etc.)
    • Junk Mail, Glossy Inserts, Newspapers, Periodicals, Envelopes, and Catalogs
    • Office Paper
    • Paper bags
    • Telephone books
    • Shredded paper - please place in paper bag before recycling
  • Plastic
    • Rigid Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Tubs, and Lids (such as empty kitchen, laundry, and bath containers)
  • Metal
    • Aluminum and Steel Cans
    • Aluminum Foil
    • Bi-metal cans
  • Glass
    • Empty food and beverage bottles and jars
Accepted Recycling

The items on the poster below CANNOT be put in your blue recycling bin and should be thrown away.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Bagged Recyclables
  • Clothing/Textiles
  • Food Waste and Liquids
  • Scrap Metal Items
  • Batteries
  • Electronic Waste
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Styrofoam
  • Medical Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Wood
  • Tires
  • Toys
  • Hangers
  • Ceramics/Baking Glass
  • Other Disposable Items
Not Recyclable Items

Recycling Tips

  • All waste that goes into the blue recycling bin must be empty, clean and dry.
    • Waste that has food remnants on it NEVER belongs in the recycling bin.
  • Plastic bags are NOT accepted in the curbside recycling program!
  • As a general rule, if it is smaller than a Post-It, do not place it in your blue recycling bin.
  • Styrofoam is NOT recyclable, even if it has a #6 recycling logo on it.
  • Cardboard should be flattened and broken down.
  • Some recyclables are also collected at the Recycling/Transfer Station.