Bulky Item Collection
From time to time, residents need to get rid of common household items that do not fit in a City of Portland trash bags. If such items are still in usable condition, we encourage donations to charitable organizations or giving them to other people who may have a use for them. Websites that help people find new homes for usable items include:
There are several options available if you need to get rid of the item.
E-Cards: Portland homeowners are eligible for an e-card that provides free disposal of a limited number of bulky items at Riverside Recycling. For more information about this program please visit http://www.recycle.portlandmaine.gov/ecardprogram.asp.
Bulky tag program: From April - November, residents can order special tags from the Department of Public Services. These tags allow people to set bulky items at the curb along with their regular household trash. We will begin accepting orders for bulky tags again beginning Monday, April 1st 2014.
Private disposal: Several local companies in the greater Portland area collect bulky items and offer basement/garage clean up services. Their prices vary on the level of service desired and the types of materials to be collected. Residents are welcome to contact these service providers for more information. Many of them advertise in local publications.