Recycling Tagging & Education Program

How it Works

This is a project designed to prevent recycling contamination, avoid additional fees, and educate our residents about the importance of recycling correctly.  Interns hired by ecomaine and South Portland will conduct inspections of recycling carts placed curbside in the target neighborhoods. During these inspections, interns will tag carts with GREEN tags for a job well done, YELLOW tags for those that need 1-2 changes, and RED tags for contaminated bins.

The tags and information will include an explanation for the reason the item(s) do not belong in the recycling stream.  Pine Tree Waste will not collect carts with too many unacceptable items (RED tags), and the contamination must be removed from your recycling and put into your trash before it will be collected.

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In the News

Interns to increase awareness about the importance of proper recycling in southern Maine (Sentry)

Multi-town recycling project results in 'clear improvement' (Press Herald)

S. Portland, Westbrook residents to be graded on recycling  (News Center Maine)

Know which bin to put it in!

Download the "South Portland Recycles" App to answer all of your questions: 
Get it at the App Store I Get it on Google Play 

How Do I Know...

Check out additional ecomaine resources and translated materials here