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The following is information about what may be placed in the recycling bin. Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save, because recycling is free as part of this program.

DO NOT USE THE OFFICIAL BAGS FOR RECYCLING. Recycling can be placed in any container that is clearly marked as recycling.  Recycling collection is weekly, please place your recycling container curbside on the same day as your regular trash pick-up.

Recycling will reduce your cost, since there is no fee to dispose the items listed below.  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 a recycling container.  Recycling may be loose within the designated container.  Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save, because recycling is free in the City of Waterville.


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

In the Plastic category, the following is accepted:

  • Recycling #5 open top containers (yogurt, cottage cheese, strawberry baskets)

  • Other plastic containers (milk, soap, juice, water)

  • Rigid plastics with all numbers from 1 to 7 in the triangle (no 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

  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil

  • Aerosol Cans (empty)

  • Pots and pans

In the Paper category, the following is accepted:

  • Magazines & catalogs

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.)

  • Hard & soft cover books

  • Office paper & envelopes

  • Shredded paper (in a clear bag)

  • Junk mail

  • Phone books

  • Brown Bags

  • Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK

  • All newspapers & inserts

  • Gift boxes & wrapping paper

  • Paper plates (clean)

  • Milk & juice cartons

  • Drink boxes (juice, shelf milk, soy)

  • Egg cartons (not Styrofoam)

In the cardboard category,

  • Please, corrugated cardboard only

  • Please flatten all boxes

  • Pizza boxes (as long as they’re not greasy)

Certain items such as hazardous waste, medications, mattresses, furniture, chemicals, construction materials, etc. cannot be disposed of in the regular trash or through curbside recycling. For information on how to dispose of these items, click here.

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

More Information

For more information, please contact Waterville Public Works

Office Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm.


City of Waterville

Department of Public Works
6 Wentworth Court
Waterville, ME 04901

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