City of Sanford
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
- 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. Sanford saves $70.50 for each ton of
material removed from the waste stream. 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!
The Sanford-approved trash bags are conveniently available at
retail outlets throughout Sanford/Springvale and will be available
in three sizes.
A portion of this information on this website is only a phone
call away: 1-855-774-6732.
Where do I buy the bags?
Sanford's PAYT trash bags are available in a
variety of stores and in the following sizes and
quantities. Each package is $10.00 and no
sales tax will be charged.
Bags are packaged as follows:
- Small (8-gallon) bags are available in packages of 10.
- Medium (15-gallon) bags are available in packages of
- Large (33-gallon) bags are available in packages of
||761 D Main Street
||800 Main Street
|Rogers Supa Dolla
||81 Cottage Street
||1247 Main Street
||901 Main Street
||1364 Main Street
||45 Lebanon Street
||489 Main Street
||868 Main Street
||1930 Main Street
A map of the above store locations may also be found
here: Participating store
Trash Collection/Transfer Station Dropoff Rules and Guidelines
Beginning September 16, 2013, all regular household trash should
be bagged only in the city-approved trash bags before being
disposed of. Items not in city-approved bags will NOT be collected
or accepted. No exceptions will be made.
Do not place the following items in the city-approved bags:
- Recyclable plastic, glass, or metal
- Yard waste
- Dirt, sod, concrete, or rock
- Construction/demolition debris
- Household hazardous waste
- Hot ashes or flammable materials such as oil, gas, or
What can I recycle?
DO NOT USE THE CITY-APPROVED BAGS FOR RECYCLING!
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
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
In the Plastic category, the following is accepted:
- Water bottles
- Milk jugs
- Detergent bottles
- All containers marked #1-#7 except Styrofoam
- Plastic grocery bags and shopping bags (#2 or #4)
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:
- Fliers, junk mail
- 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
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I contact the City of Sanford DPW?
- Call (207) 324-9135 or log on to http://www.sanfordmaine.org for general questions regarding recycling and trash disposal.
- Is there a limit to the amount of materials I can recycle?
- No. The city encourages residents to recycle as much as they can. The more you recycle, the fewer bags you will need to purchase and the more money you save. Curbside collection will not pick up containers that weigh more than 50 pounds. Residents may use as many containers as necessary.
- How does this program work?
- Simply buy orange, city-approved bags at retail stores throughout the city, and dispose of your trash in these bags as you normally would. Only the trash you put in these bags will be collected curbside or accepted at the transfer station.
- What is PAYT?
- “PAYT” stands for Pay-As-You-Throw. The Pay-As-You-Throw system is one in which residents pay a basic fee to cover the fixed costs of trash management and also a user fee for the amount used—much like the way we use and pay for electricity, water, or gas. Sanford’s PAYT program is based on a pay-per-bag basis.
- How is this program good for Sanford?
- In general, Sanford’s PAYT program may bring municipal, residential, and environmental benefits. The City benefits from savings in reduced tipping fees. Residents may benefit because A) the program is more equitable. Prior to September 16, 2013, every household, regardless of size, paid the same. With the new program, people who generate less trash will pay less by using fewer bags, and people who generate more trash will pay more by using more bags. It encourages people to recycle. And B) with the choice of how much they want to recycle, residents now have more control of their trash disposal costs. Finally, environmental benefits come from a slowdown in the growth of landfills, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and water and soil contamination.
- What about large families?
- If large families buy more than smaller families, they will have more to throw away and will have to buy more trash bags. This program will give them a chance, and a new incentive, to lower their costs by recycling everything they can.
- Isn’t PAYT a hardship on low-income households?
- To the contrary, pay-as-you-throw gives low-income residents the opportunity to control their expenses for solid waste disposal—an opportunity that they currently do not have.
- Do apartments and multifamily dwellings participate in pay-as-you-throw?
- Sanford’s single-family homes and multi-family dwellings that include up to four units participate in Sanford’s PAYT program. Buildings of 5 or more units will continue to pay their own disposal costs.