Zero Sort Curbside Recycling Program

The Biddeford Solid Waste Management Commission is providing this educational material as part of a larger education and outreach program to make sure the transition to the new system is a success.

Basic Guidelines

Here are the basics (pour nos lecteurs français, veuillez consulter notre brochure en français (PDF)):

Recycling vs Trash Bins
  • Homeowners receive two containers - A green 35-gallon container for trash and a larger blue 65-gallon container for recyclables. Provisions are available for high volume recyclers.
  • Collection is weekly.
  • Collection of recyclables is at curbside.
  • Collection of recyclables occurs on the same day trash is collected.
  • The City collects the green trash container and Pine Tree Waste collects the blue recycling container.
  • Routes and schedules have been evaluated to make sure collection is as efficient as possible.
  • Trash in excess of the green 35-gallon container is addressed through a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) bag system. View information about the PAYT bag program
  • The Biddeford Transfer Station will remain open to accept:
  • Batteries
  • Brush
  • Bulky waste
  • Cardboard
  • Carpeting
  • Computer accessories
  • Computer monitors
  • Computers
  • Furniture
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Mattresses
  • Metal
  • Milk jugs
  • Motor oil
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper
  • Plastics Number 1 and Number 2
  • Televisions
  • Tin cans
  • Tires
  • Wood debris

Acceptable Recyclables

Acceptable recyclables for the blue recycling container include:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum containers
  • Bi-metal cans
  • Brown paper bags
  • Cardboard and paper board
  • Catalogs
  • Glass
  • Glossy inserts
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Milk / juice cartons
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper
  • Plastics Number 1-7
  • Telephone books
  • Tissue paper
  • Unmarked rigid plastics
  • Wet-strength paper board

Transfer Station Information

As always, information on Transfer Station hours, acceptable materials, collection routes, and collection schedules will be available on the City of Biddeford website or by calling either the Public Works Department or the Hotline 207-571-0608.