Which bin should it go in?
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Our new searchable web app contains more than 850 common household items with descriptions on how to best dispose of them!
With ecomaine’s Single-Sort Recycling you can combine all your glass, metal, paper, cardboard, and rigid plastics #1-7 (no plastic bags or films) into one recycling container. It’s simple, and with more than 120 recycling containers in 60 locations throughout southern Maine, ecomaine provides convenient, energy-efficient disposal of recyclable materials. Have a look at our Single-Sort Recycling brochure here.
Are you a town staffer who wants to get the word out on how to recycle right? Are you a great recycler who wants to know 100% which bin to put it in? A teacher who wants to show students all about sustainable waste management? Check out our resources page! Posters, cards, flyers, door hangers – and more! Customizable, and even some in other languages!
Not everything is recyclable.
What do I do with all those things that aren’t?
We’re glad you asked! Here are some suggestions…
- Propane, fuel, or gas (O²) tanks (Most transfer stations will take these at a small cost: Maine DEP-licensed Transfer Stations Directory)
- Plastic bags and film, such as SaranWrap®, shrink wrap or boat wraps (Better recycling option: PlasticFilmRecycling.org – or trash.)
- Needles & Sharps (PLEASE DO NOT RECYCLE THESE! See our brochure for more details and information.)
- Rope, cables, cords or wires (re-use if possible. If not, they’re trash.)
- Yard waste or food (compost them instead!)
- Video and audio tapes (donate them – otherwise, they go in the trash)
- e-waste, such as computers, laptops, TVs, etc. (Better recycling options: Goodwill’s Goodtech Program, North Coast Services or any of these DEP certified consolidators)
- CDs or DVDs (Better recycling option: CD Recycling Center of America)
- Appliances, such as microwaves or refrigerators (Most transfer stations will take these at a small cost: Maine DEP-licensed Transfer Stations Directory)
- Clothing, shoes or bedding (Better recycling option: find a Goodwill store near you)
- Car, truck or boat parts, including batteries and brake rotors (trash)
- Plastic cup lids, straws, knifes, forks, and spoons (trash)
- Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) and regular fluorescent bulbs.
(Better recycling option: Maine stores and other sites that recycle used light bulbs.)
And there’s good news – your non-hazardous waste goes to our Waste-to-Energy Facility, where it generates enough electricity for our buildings, our electric car, and about 15,000 homes in Maine! For more info, see our Waste-to-Energy Brochure or the list below.