Recycling and Waste Disposal

Which bin should it go in?

Our new searchable web app contains more than 850 common household items with descriptions on how to best dispose of them!

A detailed list of what can and can’t go in the bin can be downloaded here.
Also available in:         Spanish          French            Arabic

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 managementCheck out our resources page! Posters, cards, flyers, door hangers – and more! Customizable, and even some in other languages!


What can go in your bin – DO RECYCLE:
  • Paper, including but not limited to:
    • All clean cardboard, paperboard and pizza boxes
    • Newspapers, advertising inserts and mail
    • Magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard cover books
    • Clean paper plates (not soaked or caked with food or oils)
    • Wrapping paper that can rip
    • Milk & juice cartons (it helps to remove caps, but isn’t necessary)
    • Drink boxes and other aseptic containers (such as nut milk boxes)
    • Shredded paper (contained in a clear plastic bag)
  • Plastic rigid containers marked with a #1 – #7 (NO Styrofoam, bags & films), including but not limited to:
    • Water bottles and salad containers
    • Milk jugs
    • Detergent bottles
    • Yogurt containers
    • Takeout food containers (not styrofoam)
  • Metal containers, including but not limited to:
    • Tin cans
    • Aerosol cans, such as shaving cream and hair spray (completely emptied)
    • Aluminum cans, tins and foil (not caked with food residue)
    • Pots and pans
  • Glass, including:
    • All glass bottles & jars

All above containers should be empty, but not perfectly clean. A light rinse will do.

Some things just can’t be recycled.  But there’s good news – 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.

Things that can’t go in the bin include:

How to be a recycling superstar!