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Anything placed in a recycling bin (#1 & #2 plastics, aluminum cans) should be clean. Anything placed in the trash (glass, #3-#7 plastic) will be cleaned by the recovery process at Coastal Resources of Maine.
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You can no longer put your glass in the recycling stream so it will need to be placed in your regular trash. However, glass will be separated from the waste stream, cleaned and then ground into a grit suitable for use as an alternative daily cover for landfills (read more about why landfills use daily cover materials here: https://www.waste360.com/Landfill_Management/landfill-alternative-daily-covers-201101) or as an aggregate material for road construction so it is still finding a new use!
#1 and #2 plastics will be recovered from the recycling stream, bundled and sold on the commodity recycling market. #3-#7 plastics will be recovered from the waste stream, shredded and then compacted into bricks suitable for burning in biomass fuel boilers.
The Town of Orono has contracted with Pine Tree Waste to do the curbside collection of trash and recycling. There will not be any changes to the scheduled pickup days.
Coastal Resources of Maine will begin processing the Town of Orono's trash and recycling on a full-time basis on July 1, 2019. However, prior to that date, Coastal Resources will be taking trial loads of trash and recycling so residents should begin changing their recycling habits starting immediately.
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 on 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, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Click here for a calendar.
You may still put your recycling in clear plastic bags for curbside collection.