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Sanford, ME     Bags What to Throw  |  What to Recycle  |  Program Background  |  FAQs


On September 16, 2013, the City of Sanford converted its residential waste collection program to the new pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program.  With this program, residential trash is now only accepted when Residents place it in Sanford-approved orange bags.  Residents should continue to dispose of recycling as they always have in containers marked “recycling.”

Why make this change?  For many very good reasons.

  • Residents can save money.  With the new, more equitable PAYT program, Residents pay only for the garbage they throw away–not for their neighbors’ trash too!

  • Sanford saves.  If there’s less trash generated, Sanford pays less to manage it.  These savings allow the City to allocate funds to higher priority services.

  • The environment is better preserved.  When Residents throw away less, recycle more, and “lighten the load” in any number of other ways, landfills last longer, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, millions of BTUs of energy are saved, and natural resources last longer.

Remember, by recycling more you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags. The new PAYT program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!


Case Study - The Power of PAYT - Worth Coming Back To


More Information

For more information, please contact Sanford DPW

Sanford Public Works is open Monday through Thursday from 6:30am to 4:30pm.


Department of Public Works
156 School Street
Sanford, ME 04073

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