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Contact Information

Department of Public Works
6 Wentworth Court
Waterville, ME 04901
207-680-4744
207-877-7532
www.waterville-me.gov

City of Waterville

Effective September 8, 2014, all residents must purchase official City of Waterville bags for your curbside garbage disposal as part of the new pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program.  With this program, residential trash is now only accepted when residents place it in Waterville-approved purple 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!
  • Waterville saves.  If there’s less trash generated, Waterville 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!

The Waterville-approved trash bags are conveniently available at retail outlets throughout Waterville and are available in two sizes.

A portion of this information on this website is only a phone call away:  1-866-325-8322.

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Where do I buy the bags?

Waterville’s PAYT trash bags are available in a variety of stores and in the following sizes and quantities. Each package is $10.00 and no sales tax will be charged. Please call to confirm bag availability.

Bags are packaged as follows:

  • Small (15-gallon) bags are available in packages of 8.
  • Large (30-gallon) bags are available in packages of 5.
Store NameStreet AddressCityPhone Number
Aubuchon Hardware485 Kennedy Memorial Dr. Waterville207-873-3800
Big Apple 33 Elm St.Waterville207-873-5220
Big Apple 364 Upper Main St.Waterville207-872-2608
Circle-K 445 Kennedy Memorial Dr.Waterville207-877-7347
CVS 1 Kennedy Memorial Dr.Waterville207-873-7161
Cumberland Farms 76 College AvenueWaterville207-877-0671
Hannaford Supermarket 140 Elm PlazaWaterville207-877-0700
Hannaford Supermarket 190 JFK PlazaWaterville207-873-0788
J&S Oil320 Kennedy Memorial Dr.Waterville207-680-2540
Joseph's Market 74 Front St.Waterville207-873-3364
Mobil94 Pleasant St.Waterville207-872-8856
Ron's Variety 42 Summer St.Waterville207-872-8181
Save-A-Lot 20 Concourse WestWaterville207-877-7455
Shaw's Supermarket251 Kennedy Memorial Dr.Waterville207-873-6224
Uncle Dean's Natural Market80 Grove St.Waterville207-873-6231
Walmart 80 Waterville Commons Dr.Waterville207-877-8774

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

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Trash Collection Rules and Guidelines

Beginning September 8, 2014, all regular household trash should be bagged only in the city-approved trash bags before being disposed of. 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

For more information, please see the Refuse Collection Rules and Guidelines

Certain items such as hazardous waste, medications, mattresses, furniture, chemicals, construction materials, etc. cannot be disposed of in the regular trash or through curbside recycling. For information on how to dispose of these items, click here.

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What can I recycle?

The following is information about what may be placed in the recycling bin. Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save, because recycling is free as part of this program.

DO NOT USE THE OFFICIAL BAGS FOR RECYCLING. Recycling can be placed in any container that is clearly marked as recycling.  Recycling should be placed curbside on the same day as your regular trash pick-up on the 1st and 3rd full week of each month.

Recycling will reduce your cost, since there is no fee to dispose the items listed below.  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 a recycling container.  Recycling may be loose within the designated container.  Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save, because recycling is free in the City of Waterville.

In the Plastic category, the following is accepted:

  • Recycling #5 open top containers (yogurt, cottage cheese, strawberry baskets)
  • Other plastic containers (milk, soap, juice, water)
  • Rigid plastics with all numbers from 1 to 7 in the triangle (no Styrofoam)
  • Plastic Grocery/Shopping Bags marked with #2 or #4

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
  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil
  • Aerosol Cans (empty)
  • Pots and pans

In the Paper category, the following is accepted:

  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.)
  • Hard & soft cover books
  • Office paper & envelopes
  • Shredded paper (in a clear bag)
  • Junk mail
  • Phone books
  • Brown Bags
  • Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK
  • All newspapers & inserts
  • Gift boxes & wrapping paper
  • Paper plates (clean)
  • Milk & juice cartons
  • Drink boxes (juice, shelf milk, soy)
  • Egg cartons (not Styrofoam)

In the cardboard category,

  • Please, corrugated cardboard only
  • Please flatten all boxes
  • Pizza boxes (as long as they’re not greasy)

Certain items such as hazardous waste, medications, mattresses, furniture, chemicals, construction materials, etc. cannot be disposed of in the regular trash or through curbside recycling. For information on how to dispose of these items, click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the City of Waterville DPW?

Call (207) 680-4744 or log on to http://www.waterville-me.gov for general questions regarding recycling and trash disposal.

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

No. 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. Residents may use as many containers as necessary.

How does this program work?

Simply buy purple, 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.

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. Waterville’s PAYT program is based on a pay-per-bag basis.

How is this program good for Waterville?

In general, Waterville’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 the PAYT program, every household, regardless of size, paid the same. With the new 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?

Waterville’s single-family homes and multi-family dwellings that include up to 4 units participate in Waterville’s PAYT program; dwellings with 5 or more units do not participate.

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More Information

Public Works
City of Waterville
6 Wentworth Court Waterville Maine 04901
Phone: (207) 680-4744
Fax: (207) 877-7532
pw@waterville-me.gov

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm