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

Please be sure to that the container(s) that you set out are sturdy and secured to prevent tipping, spilling, and blowing of recyclable materials. Collection agents are not responsible for gathering spilled or wind-blown materials.

The more you recycle, the less trash you have to put into the PAYT bags, and the more money you’ll save.

The following lists those items that may be placed in the red recycling container or a container (up to 32 gallons) bearing the red “Sanford Recycles” sticker.  Free stickers are available at the Transfer Station, Public Works Office, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.  Recycling may be loose within the designated containers.  Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save, because recycling is free in the City of Sanford.


For a full list of accepted recyclable material, please visit ecomaine.

In the Plastic category, the following is accepted:

  • Water bottles

  • Milk jugs

  • Detergent bottles

  • All rigid containers marked #1-#7 except Styrofoam

In the Glass and Metal category, the following is accepted:

  • Glass bottles and jars (any color, but please, no ceramics, window glass, light bulbs, or Pyrex)

  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans

  • Aerosol cans (empty)

  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil

  • Pots and pans

In the Paper category, the following is accepted:

  • Newspapers

  • Fliers, junk mail

  • Magazines

  • Catalogs and mail

  • Paper bags

  • Office paper

  • File folders

  • Wrapping paper

  • Phone books

  • Hardcover books

  • Milk cartons

  • Juice cartons

  • Drink boxes

  • Cardboard boxes

  • Cereal boxes

  • Gift boxes

  • Pizza boxes (clean only)

Additional questions about what can be recycled?  Visit ecomaine’s Recyclopedia!

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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