Information about closing due to storms, staff training, etc will be posted here.
Normal hours of operation:
929 Highland Avenue
The Transfer Facility is open to residents of South Portland. When you arrive at the Facility (from the access road, turn left at the bottom of the hill), please enter through the gates and proceed to the right, following the pavement to the attendant's shack. All visitors must check in with an attendant before disposing of yard debris or waste items, and prior to visiting the Swap Shop or silver bullet recycling containers.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Transfer Facility is open Tuesday - Saturday, 8am-3:30pm.
Because it is staffed by attendants who also assist during clean-up operations, the Transfer Facility may be opened shortened hours or not at all during periods of inclement winter weather. If that happens, information will be posted on this page, on our Facebook page, and on our outgoing phone message, as well as on local news stations' digital announcements, if applicable.
Though normally closed Sundays, there are months when the Facility opens to the public on Sundays - usually in May and November. Notice of Sunday hours is advertised in the locations mentioned above, as well as in the Portland Press Herald and the South Portland Sentry, and in City’s e-community newsletter.
Please click the Accepted Items/Fees link for our list of disposal fees. Payments accepted by cash or local check only.
Starting January 1, 2020 residents will be required to display a Transfer Station permit sticker as proof of residency to enter and use the Transfer Station as well as the Swap Shop. Stickers are available at the Municipal Services Facility and at City Hall during regular working hours. The stickers are nontransferable and must be affixed to your vehicle. Stickers will be free to residents. If residents feel they need an additional sticker for a second vehicle there will be a $5.00 charge for the second sticker. No more than two stickers will be issued per residence. Stickers will have to be renewed January* of each year. *2020 Stickers will be valid through at least the end of 2021.
To obtain a Transfer Station sticker you must show 2 forms of proof of residency, preferably your vehicle registration and driver’s license.
Starting on January 1, 2020 contractors will have to pay an annual fee of $150 to use the transfer facility. (Additional permits cost $20 per vehicle.) Contractor permits are available at the Municipal Services Facility and at City Hall during regular working hours, and will be issued once the contractor pays the fee. Contractors may only bring in leaves, grass, or brush and must pay the associated fees for disposal each time they use the facility. (No running tabs will be maintained.) Contractors must show proof that the material they are disposing of is from a South Portland resident by providing the resident’s permit number. Contractor’s permits will have to be renewed January* of every year. *2020 Stickers will be valid through at least the end of 2021.
Commercial use of the Facility is not permitted, with the exception of disposal of leaves, grass and yard clippings. Trash haulers, contractors, landscapers or any person/company being paid to dispose of refuse other than listed above may not use this facility. Commercial entities may dispose of leaves, grass and yard clippings that originate from South Portland locations only. Fees for commercial disposal are noted in the Transfer Facility Accepted Items/Fees link. See Unaccepted Items list at left for locations in the greater Portland area that will accept items from commercial entities.
The Swap Shop, located within the gates of Transfer Facility, offers residents a alternate means of disposing of unwanted items that still may have some life left in them (and, alternatively, a place to 'shop' for free used items.) The Shop is open from April 1 to December 1. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-3:30pm. It is staffed by volunteers, so if a volunteer is unable to make his/her shift, the Shop will remain closed during that shift. Click the Swap Shop link on the left for more information and a list of accepted items. Due to Covid restrictions, the Swap Shop will remain closed until further notice.