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Town of Freeport
RECYCLING/LANDFILL FACILITY

Hours & Contact Information

Office Hours:
Hedgehog Mountain Road Facility:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
You must have a recycling vehicle sticker to use the facility. See below for more info.

Office Telephone: 207-865-3740 at facility
Mailing Address: 30 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032

Town Engineer: Al Presgraves | apresgraves@freeportmaine.com
Facility Manager: Suzanne Duplissis | sduplissis@freeportmaine.com

Directions to Facility:
From Main Street -
Mallett Drive to Rt. 136. Take left onto Pownal Road, go about a mile, take Hedgehog Mountain Road on left to end.

Committee Meetings: 3rd Wed.of the month
RECYCLING NEWS - COOKIES FOR SALE!

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back program is sponsoring a collection event on Saturday, April 26th from 10 – 2. Residents can bring their unused prescription drugs to the Freeport Public Safety Building where the drugs will be disposed of in a safe and responsible manner.
RECYCLING VEHICLE STICKERS

All users of the Recycling Facility must have a valid Freeport Transfer Facility Sticker on their vehicle. Stickers are valid for the calendar year and may be purchased at the Recycling Facility. The cost for Freeport residents is $6.00. Residents of Pownal, North Yarmouth, and Durham may obtain a sticker for $40.00 for disposal of any waste except residential waste. Fees apply for disposal of bulky waste and other items. Many recyclable items can be disposed for free, as noted below.
ITEMS ACCEPTED FREE AT FACILITY

* Mixed paper which includes all Newspaper/Magazines/Junk Mail/Phone books/Brochures
* Paperboard: cereal and food boxes (remove metal and plastic objects, no wax cartons)
* Glass Jars/Steel Cans/aluminum foil and plates
* Cardboard/Moving Boxes
* Clear Milk Jugs (#2 HDPE) & bleach, detergent, and vegetable oil bottles (#1 PET)
* All Plastics labeled #1-#7; (including plastic shopping bags - not bubble wrap, pellet bags or styrofoam)
* Motor Oil (used, but not contaminated with other products)
* Household, Auto, and Marine Batteries
* Leaf & Grass Clippings
* Christmas Trees
* Returnable bottle Donations for Freeport Community Services
*Thermostats with mercury switches - see attendant

Also:
* Salvation Army Donation Box (clothing and shoes only)
* Swap Shop: for good, used household items (no TV's, computers, air conditioners, mattresses, etc. See attendant if unsure)
HOUSEHOLD TRASH

The Recycling Facility on Hedgehog Mountain Road accepts Freport residents' household trash (a valid Freeport Transfer Facility Sticker is required).
* 90 cent fee for each 30 gallon-sized bag of household garbage weighing up to 30 pounds (fee covers the cost of hauling the trash to ecoMaine)
* Purchase a Garbage Drop-off punch card at the Town Hall or at the Recycling Facility: $18.00 for a 20 bag punch card, $9.00 for a 10 bag punch card. Prices subject to change.

ADVANTAGES OF THIS PROGRAM:
*Lower your household garbage collection costs (residents can reduce costs by minimizing waste and only visiting the Recycling Center when needed.)
*Dispose of all your trash and recycling items at the same time you visit the Facility
*Mixed paper, corrugated cardboard and #2 HDPE plastics are baled and sold, generating revenue for the town (unlike material in silver bullets which doesn't generate any income for Freeport).

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL COUPON PROGRAM- 2013:

In order to encourage Freeport residents to dispose of hazardous waste chemicals in a responsible manner, the Town is conducting a pilot program to subsidize the cost of disposal for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). A HHW coupon is available from the Freeport Recycling Center with a value of up to $20.00 towards the cost of disposal at the Riverside Recycling Center in Portland. The HHW coupons will be available to the first 100 residents who request them, with a limit of one coupon per household. Any disposal cost in excess of the $20 coupon value must be paid by the resident. The resident must take the coupon and HHW to:

Riverside Recycling Center
910 Riverside Street, Portland, 797-6200;
Open on the first Saturday of the month, April through November, 7am to 4pm.

Household hazardous waste includes the following types of chemicals:
Herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals, solvents, weed killers, and oil-based paint.
YARD AND FOOD WASTE COMPOSTING

Food scraps can represent 20% or more of the average household’s waste and have a low fuel value at ecomaine’s waste to energy plant. Transporting this heavy, wet material to ecomaine is costly both financially and environmentally. The best way to reduce these costs is to compost food scraps right at home. Composting can be done in a pile in the backyard or in a specialized bin. Once you start diverting your food scraps from your waste stream and adding a carbon source such as leaves it won’t be long before you will have a great soil additive that you can use in your garden, flower bed, or lawn.

Not sure if composting is right for you? This 17 minute How To Compost video might help.

The knowledgeable and friendly Recycling Center staff is available to answer any composting questions you might have. Facility Manager Suzanne Duplissis is a Master Gardener and has attended the Maine Compost School in Monmouth. She is more than happy to help you get started or troubleshoot any issues you might be having once you are on your way. Suzanne can be reached at the Recycling Center 865-3740 or via email.

The Recycling Center sells the Earth Machine backyard composters, kitchen pails, compost turners, thermometers as well as rain barrels.

Weekly residential curbside compost collection services available at Garbage to Garden.
RECYCLING CONTAINERS ('SILVER BULLETS') AT OTHER LOCATIONS

LOCATIONS:
* The Soule School (South Freeport Road at the Village Store)
* Doherty's Market (Wardtown Road)
* West Street Fire Barn (West Street, behind police station)
* Hunter Road (in front of Public Works Garage)


ITEMS ACCEPTED AT CONTAINERS:
*Cardboard boxes and tubes (remove metal and plastic)
* Paper: Newspapers, Magazines/Phone Books, Junk Mail/Brochures, Books
* Paperboard: Cereal and Food Boxes, Remove All Plastic and Metal Objects
* Glass and cans: Clean Clear, Green and Brown Glass Containers, Steel Cans, Aluminum Foil and Plates
* Plastic containers: Clear milk, juice, water and cider jugs (#2 HDPE) Bleach, detergent and vegetable oil bottles (#1 PET)
* All plastics labeled #1-#7 including plastic shopping bags - no bubblewrap, shrinkwrap, pellet bags, or styrofoam.

OTHER:
*Do not leave recyclable material outside of containers. If the container is full, take to another location or come back another day.
*Never leave household garbage at the CONTAINERS.
*For more recycling information, visit the ecomaine website. Among other things, the site contains a useful "Do's and Don'ts" list.

ADVANTAGES OF THIS PROGRAM:
*Lower garbage disposal costs paid by the property tax
*Reduce environmental impacts, including energy and greenhouse gas generation
HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING STORAGE

Need a way to store your recyclable waste before taking it to the Recycling Center or a Silver Bullet?

A Reusable Bag and Rack Recycling System is available from the Recycling Center/ Transfer Station Facility for a special low cost to Freeport residents. The system consists of:

• Single-Bag Freestanding Rack: 15 in. wide x 16 in. deep x 29 in. high
• Heavy duty woven polypropylene fabric bag:
Drawstring with slide lock closure in top hem; Dimensions filled and closed are
approx. 15 in. W x 8 in. D x 28 in. H (14 gal.)

Rack cost is $15; bags are $7; $22 for a set.
RECYCLING/SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE

Marjorie Hall, Chair
Paul Kane, Vice Chair
Sandra Thompson
Patrick Norton
Cheryl Rexroad

Suzanne DuPlissis, staff
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQs

Stumps- Where can I dispose of stumps?
Stumps are not accepted at the Transfer Station. They are accepted at the Riverside Recycling facility in Portland. FMI call Riverside at 207-797-6200.

Shredding Service- Does the Town offer a confidential paper shredding service?
The Recycling Center has locked tote containers for residents to dispose of confidential papers. The locked totes are transported to a local, licensed secure shredding facility for disposal. There is no fee for this service.

Construction Debris- How do I dispose of it?
Construction debris such as demo wood, asphalt shingles, bathroom fixtures, sheet rock, brick and concrete, metal studs, etc. are accepted for a fee at the Recycling/Transfer station. Items should be separated for recycling. For information during hours of operation, call 865-3740.

Yard Waste- How do I dispose of leaves, brush, and grass clippings?
Brush is accepted at the facility for a fee. Leaves and grass clippings are accepted for free.

Large Item Disposal- How can I dispose of large items such as refrigerators?
Refrigerators, other appliances, and other large items such as sofas, stuffed chairs, water tanks, furnaces, etc. are accepted for a fee.

Annual Cleanup- Does Freeport have a clean-up disposal program?
Generally, in the spring Freeport has an annual spring clean-up for one week in June. Freeport residents may deliver 1 pick-up sized load of household items: for example: brush, construction wood waste and sheetrock; mattresses, microwaves, old stoves, fridges, couches and chairs, carpets, clothes, and old things that no longer work! Residents will be allowed one free trip to the facility. We will accept tires and shingles for a fee. We cannot accept any household chemicals or paint. Anyone dropping off materials must have a current sticker.

If a spring cleanup is scheduled, a flyer will be mailed to Freeport residents in May. It will contain a coupon which must be presented at the cleanup.

Other Items- Are there other items I can dispose of for a fee?
Asphalt shingles, fluorescent lamps (including compact fluorescents - cfl's), metal, gasoline and anti-freeze, TV's, computers, mercury lamps, and tires, all for a fee.

Items We don't Accept- Where can I dispose of items that you do not accept, such as hazardous waste, household chemicals or paint?
See Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Coupon Program (above). In addition, Freeport residents may dispose of these materials at two locations:

*Riverside Recycling Center, 910 Riverside Street, Portland, 797-6200;
open the first Saturday of the month, April through November, 7am to 4pm.

*Clean Harbors Environmental Services, 17 Main Street, South Portland, 799-8111; open on Wednesdays, 8am to 12pm.

Note: Latex paint is not considered hazardous, but is a liquid (not solid) waste and therefore cannot be disposed with other waste. Latex paint should have kitty litter or sawdust added to it to dry it, then it can be disposed with normal household trash.

Household Trash Collection- Where can I find someone to collect my household waste?
Haulers authorized to collect household waste in the Town of Freeport are:

* Waterman's Rubbish Removal and Recycling, Inc. (865-6306)
* Pinetree Waste, Inc. (883-9777)
* Dan Wentworth Rubbish Removal (844-4799)

Check with the individual hauler regarding the costs, schedule, and recycling services they may provide.

Commercial Waste- Who provides commercial waste collection services?
Haulers licensed to collect commercial waste in Freeport are:

* Pine Tree Waste Inc. - 883-9777
* Reynolds and Sons Disposal - 773-5862
* Troiano Waste Services, Inc. - 767-2070
* Waste Management of Maine - 797-6206x126
* Waterman's Rubbish Removal - 865-6306

Please note that Freeport's Solid Waste Ordinance mandates that every commercial business must recycle their cardboard waste. Cardboard must not be disposed of with other commercial solid waste. Commercial cardboard waste is accepted at the Recycling Facility for no fee.