Solid Waste Division
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The Solid Waste Division provides for the collection and management of residential solid waste and recyclable waste material for the City of Lewiston.
Residential Waste Collection
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Trash & Single Stream Recycle Collection - With the exception of holidays (see link above), you can rely on your weekly trash collection day; however, it may not necessarily be picked up at the same exact time each collection day. To be safe, please follow the City Ordinance which says, “Trash & Single Stream Recyclable Waste needs to be curbside in suitable containers no sooner than 6:00 pm the day preceding the regular trash collection day and no later than 7:00 am of the regular trash collection day."
More on the Solid Waste Division: The Solid Waste Division provides curbside collection of residential solid waste and Single Stream Recyclable Materials on a weekly basis. This includes waste/recyclable waste collection from municipal buildings and public schools. This service is provided to approximately 14,000 dwelling units. Lewiston’s population is approximately 36,000.
The City performs this service through the use of private haulers. Contracts with these firms are awarded through an open-bid process. The term of the contract is typically 7 years.
During a typical year, 10,000+ tons of solid waste are collected from the City’s residents and is hauled to/disposed at the Mid Maine Waste Action Corp., where it is commingled with solid waste from other communities and incinerated. Incineration reduces the volume of the waste by approximately 90%. The residual ash from this process is hauled to the City’s secure landfill, in roll-off trucks, where it is disposed. In addition, 1,000+ tons of Single Stream Recyclable Material is collected from the City’s residents annually. Once collected, the Single Stream Material is hauled to Casella Recycling’s Material Recovery Facility (“MRF” - which is adjacent to the City’s solid waste facility) where the recyclable material is sorted, baled, and shipped out to end users/manufacturers.
The Solid Waste Division manages the collection of Single Stream Recyclable Waste Material from the City’s residents (via curbside collection), the public schools, and recyclable material brought to the City’s solid waste facility for disposal. Single Stream Recyclable Waste Material includes items such as - newspaper, plastic containers (numbers 1 through 7), corrugated cardboard, glass bottles and jars, office paper, mixed paper, hardcover books and cans (aluminum and steel). RECYCLING FLYER WITH VISUALS HERE
The City contracts the collection of Single Stream Recyclable Waste. Once collected, the Single Stream material is hauled to Casella Recycling’s Material Recovery Facility ("MRF") which is adjacent to the City’s solid waste facility where the recyclable material is sorted, baled, and shipped out to end users/manufacturers.
These manufacturers use the recovered recyclable material in place of virgin materials, which is beneficial for the environment. By separating these recyclable waste materials from other household waste, Lewiston’s residents help reduce the cost of solid waste (trash) disposal by making these materials-paper fiber, metal, plastic and glass-available for re-use in manufacturing.
When residents separate Single Stream Recyclable waste from their household trash, they reduce the City’s expense for trash disposal because there is no disposal fee (for the City of Lewiston and its residents) for disposal of Single Stream Recyclable Waste. This is a cost-saving measure for the City of Lewiston and its taxpayers.
Business shall complete a Universal Waste Log and bring it to the Solid Waste Facility when disposing computers, printers, monitors, televisions, and other included Universal Waste items per Maine Department of Environmental Protection Regulations Chapter 858.
Solid Waste Compliance
The City’s permit to operate the Solid Waste Facility and landfill is specific regarding the types of waste that can be accepted; therefore, the contents of each vehicle is inspected by a solid waste worker to ensure compliance.
Lewiston's EZCard allows the holder to waive fees on disposal of up to 1,000 pounds of solid waste disposed at the City’s Solid Waste Facility. An EZCard is issued at no cost for Lewiston residential property owners who are current on all outstanding tax payments and fees. Tenants of rental property and owners of multi-unit apartment buildings (who pay the City for trash collection services) may purchase the EZCard for $25. EZCard and Multi-unit Buildings
The EZCard uses information contained on the purchaser’s driver’s license to establish an account on the Solid Waste Facility’s computerized scale management system. When the purchaser of the pass (or member of that household) brings household waste to the Solid Waste Facility, they will be asked for his/her EZCard.
After dumping completion, the material disposed of will be recorded on the City’s computer system, and a receipt showing the weight of waste material disposed (and weight remaining in the EZcard account) will be issued. As in the past, once the 1,000 lb. limit has been reached/exceeded, the holder will be required to pay for any overage at that time. Debit and credit cards will be the only accepted form of payment.
Other items related to the City’s EZCard include:
- Wastes typically brought to the Solid Waste Facility for disposal (and which are not collected during weekly curbside trash collection services) include: construction and demolition waste, waste kitchen appliances, furniture (including bedroom furniture and bedding), carpeting and yard debris. For more detailed information on wastes accepted for disposal or guidance on disposal of unusual wastes, please contact the Solid Waste Facility at 513-3006.
- An EZCard account may be renewed annually. Only members of the household can use the EZCard.
- In the event of a lost EZCard, a replacement will cost $5.