Trash & Recycling

What day is trash and recycling collected?

- For the streets west of Main Street, from Gardner Road to Bennoch Road, trash pick-up is Thursdays.
- For both sides of Main Street and all streets east of Main, including everything north of the Stillwater River (College Avenue, Webster side), trash pick-up is Fridays.
- Recycling occurs every other week.
- On the following holidays, trash pick-up is delayed by one day (except when the holiday falls on the weekend): New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

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Orono's residential trash is currently being processed by Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC). Recycling is processed by Casella. The Town of Orono will continue to contract with Pine Tree Waste for curbside collection of trash and recycling. No changes to the schedule have been made. This relationship with PERC and Casella was formed to comply with the waste hierarchy adopted by the State of Maine. 

Apparel Recycling Statistics  

Apparel Impact 2019 annual report - 5.3 tons of textiles were collected in the Town of Orono in six months in 2019.

Apparel Impact 2020 annual report - 12.4 tons of textiles were collected in the Town of Orono in 2020.

Apparel Impact 2021 annual report - 10.6 tons of textiles were collected in the Town of Orono in 2021.

Textile donation bin is located at 10 Birch Street, beside the Thrift Store.


You have a household item to discard...what do you do with it? it RECYCLABLE?
Plastics (#1 & #2)
Cardboard (clean) Additional Cardboard drop off station here
Cans (aluminum)
Recyclables go in your recycling bin to be picked up curbside by the Town of Orono and processed by CasellaClick to see a complete list of allowable materials it a TEXTILE?
Once limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic have passed, textiles can be donated to used goods locations like the Orono Thrift Store, and Textile Donation Bins at the Orono Thrift Shop and Bell’s IGA. it UNIVERSAL WASTE?
Batteries (lithium)
Learn more about recycling universal waste services from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection

...can it go to the LANDFILL?
Exercise equipment
Yard Waste
Landfill permits can be purchased at the Town Office. Yard waste is free to drop off at Landfill, but a permit is required. it HAZARDOUS WASTE?
Petroleum-based products
Oil Paint
Check this space for the date of the next Hazardous Waste Disposal Event at Old Town Transfer Station, 246 Gilman Falls Ave, Old Town

...if the answer to all of these is NO, it is TRASH
Contaminated organics (paper plates, pizza boxes)
Packaging plastics
Plastics (#3 - #7)
Trash is picked up curbside by the Town of Orono and processed by Penobscot Energy Recovery Center

Maine Department of Environmental Protection site: How Can I Safely Dispose of My Waste?