Contact Information

Department of Public Works
156 School Street
Sanford, ME 04073

City of Sanford

City of Sanford operates its residential waste collection program as a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program.  With this program, residential trash is  only accepted when Residents place it in Sanford-approved orange bags on collection day.  Residents should place recyclable items in containers marked “recycling.”


Where do I buy the bags?

Sanford’s PAYT trash bags are available in a variety of stores and in the following sizes and quantities. Each package is $13.50 and no sales tax will be charged.

Bags are packaged as follows:

  • Small (8-gallon) bags are available in packages of 10.
  • Medium (15-gallon) bags are available in packages of 8.
  • Large (33-gallon) bags are available in packages of 5.
Store NameStreet AddressCityPhone Number
Apache Campground (seasonal)165 Bernier RoadSanford207-324-5652
Aubuchon Hardware761 D Main Street Sanford207-324-7700
Eastside Convenience88 High StreetSanford207-324-3888
Hannaford Supermarket 800 Main StreetSanford207-324-1554
Jerry's Market1022 Main StreetSanford207-324-5834
Shaw's Supermarket1364 Main StreetSanford207-490-5309
Walgreens868 Main StreetSanford207-490-4008
Walmart Supercenter1930 Main StreetSanford207-490-1988

 A map of the above store locations may also be found here: Participating stores map

Please report any bag quality issues to WasteZero at 1-800-866-3954.

Sanford trash bags are packaged and distributed by WasteZero.  WasteZero partners with communities to reduce waste and increase recycling.


Trash Collection/Transfer Station Drop-off Rules and Guidelines

All regular household trash should be bagged only in the City-approved trash bags before being placed out for collection. Items not in city-approved bags will NOT be collected or accepted.  No exceptions will be made.

Do not place the following items in the city-approved bags:

  • Recyclable plastic, glass, or metal
  • Yard waste
  • Dirt, sod, concrete, or rock
  • Construction/demolition debris
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Hot ashes or flammable materials such as oil, gas, or paint

What can I recycle?


Please be sure to that the container(s) that you set out are sturdy and secured to prevent tipping, spilling, and blowing of recyclable materials. Collection agents are not responsible for gathering spilled or wind-blown materials.

The more you recycle, the less trash you have to put into the PAYT bags, and the more money you’ll save.

The following lists those items that may be placed in the red recycling container or a container (up to 32 gallons) bearing the red “Sanford Recycles” sticker.  Free stickers are available at the Transfer Station, Public Works Office, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.  Recycling may be loose within the designated containers.  Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save, because recycling is free in the City of Sanford.


For a full list of accepted recyclable material, please visit ecomaine.

In the Plastic category, the following is accepted:

  • Water bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Detergent bottles
  • All rigid containers marked #1-#7 except Styrofoam

In the Glass and Metal category, the following is accepted:

  • Glass bottles and jars (any color, but please, no ceramics, window glass, light bulbs, or Pyrex)
  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil
  • Pots and pans

In the Paper category, the following is accepted:

  • Newspapers
  • Fliers, junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs and mail
  • Paper bags
  • Office paper
  • File folders
  • Wrapping paper
  • Phone books
  • Hardcover books
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice cartons
  • Drink boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Gift boxes
  • Pizza boxes (clean only)

Additional questions about what can be recycled?  Visit ecomaine’s Recyclopedia!


Program History

On September 16, 2013, the City of Sanford converted its residential waste collection program to the new pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program.  With this program, residential trash is now only accepted when Residents place it in Sanford-approved orange bags.  Residents should continue to dispose of recycling as they always have in containers marked “recycling.”

Why make this change?  For many very good reasons.

  • Residents can save money.  With the new, more equitable PAYT program, Residents pay only for the garbage they throw away–not for their neighbors’ trash too!
  • Sanford saves.  If there’s less trash generated, Sanford pays less to manage it.  These savings allow the City to allocate funds to higher priority services.
  • The environment is better preserved.  When Residents throw away less, recycle more, and “lighten the load” in any number of other ways, landfills last longer, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, millions of BTUs of energy are saved, and natural resources last longer.

Remember, by recycling more you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags. The new PAYT program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!

A portion of this information on this website is only a phone call away:  1-855-774-6732.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the City of Sanford DPW?

Call (207) 324-9135 or log on to http://www.sanfordmaine.org for general questions regarding recycling and trash disposal.

Is there a limit to the amount of materials I can recycle?

The city encourages Residents to recycle as much as they can. The more you recycle, the fewer bags you will need to purchase and the more money you save. Curbside collection will not pick up containers that weigh more than 50 pounds. Residents may use as many containers as necessary.
- Curbside recycling is only available to Residents with properties that contain four (4) units or less
- Commercial properties (as designated by the Assessing Office) are not eligible for curbside recycling
- Properties containing five (5) units or more are considered commercial and therefore not eligible for curbside pick up
- The Transfer station accepts only residential recycling materials. Commercial operations should contact a third-party for recycling service

How does this program work?

Simply buy orange, City-approved bags at retail stores throughout the city, and dispose of your trash in these bags as you normally would. Only the trash you put in these bags will be collected curbside or accepted at the transfer station.

What is PAYT?

“PAYT” stands for Pay-As-You-Throw. The Pay-As-You-Throw system is one in which Residents pay a basic fee to cover the fixed costs of trash management and also a user fee for the amount used—much like the way we use and pay for electricity, water, or gas. Sanford’s PAYT program is based on a pay-per-bag basis.

How is this program good for Sanford?

In general, Sanford’s PAYT program may bring municipal, residential, and environmental benefits. The City benefits from savings in reduced tipping fees. Residents may benefit because A) the program is more equitable. Prior to September 16, 2013, every household, regardless of size, paid the same. With the current program, people who generate less trash will pay less by using fewer bags, and people who generate more trash will pay more by using more bags. It encourages people to recycle. And B) with the choice of how much they want to recycle, Residents now have more control of their trash disposal costs. Finally, environmental benefits come from a slowdown in the growth of landfills, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and water and soil contamination.

What about large families?

If large families buy more than smaller families, they will have more to throw away and will have to buy more trash bags. This program will give them a chance, and a new incentive, to lower their costs by recycling everything they can.

Isn’t PAYT a hardship on low-income households?

To the contrary, pay-as-you-throw gives low-income residents the opportunity to control their expenses for solid waste disposal—an opportunity that they previously did not have.

Do apartments and multifamily dwellings participate in pay-as-you-throw?

Sanford’s single-family homes and multi-family dwellings that include up to four units participate in Sanford’s PAYT program. Buildings of 5 or more units will continue to pay their own disposal costs.


More Information

For more information, please contact DPW

Department of Public Works
156 School Street
Sanford, ME 04073

Sanford Public Works is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.