Portland ME Trash Schedule 2023 (Bulk Pickup, Holidays, Map)

We’re here to help you find the Portland ME trash pickup schedule for 2023 including bulk pickup, recycling, holidays, and maps.

The City of Portland is in Maine with Montreal, Canada to the northwest, Portsmouth, Manchester and Concord to the southwest

If there’s a change to your normal trash collection schedule then there’s a good chance your street sweeping schedule has changed too so make sure to check for updates.

Portland Trash Collection Calendar 2023

For normal trash collections schedules, visit https://www.portlandmaine.gov/556/Trash

Trash Pick Up Holidays

Here you can see the city-observed holidays.

  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 23, 2023
    Saturday, November 25, 2023: Make-up collection day for trash & recycling 
  • Christmas Day:  Monday, December 25, 2023–No Collection.  ***WILL COLLECT SATURDAY, 12/23/23*** 
  • New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1, 2024-No  Collection.  *** WILL COLLECT SATURDAY, 12/30/23***

Portland Trash Collection Map

Portland ME Trash Pickup Schedule Map

Bulk Waste Pickup Calendar 2023

To find your bulk item pickup schedule visit: https://www.portlandmaine.gov/534/Bulky-Waste-Collection-Permit

Acceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

Items that weigh 30 pounds or less and do not fit in a city trash bag, will be collected free of charge (limit 10 items per dwelling unit per year) while items that weigh more than 30 pounds will be collected subject to a $40 fee per item. Mattresses always have the fee attached.

Unacceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • Hazardous Household Waste (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerator, freezer) 
  • Electronic Waste (printers)
  • Universal Waste
  • Household garbage
  • Yard waste  -accepted at Riverside Recycling year round
  • Cardboard not eligible  (*overflow containers at Riverside called silver bullets if it won’t fit in your recycle cart)
  • remodelling materials (please take to Riverside Recycling)

Have bulky items the city won’t pick up? You need a junk removal service.

If you have large items that the city won’t take from you, you may need to hire a junk removal service.

Junk removal services are not be as picky about the items they’re collecting so if the city won’t take the item, this may be your best bet. There’s usually a fee involved with junk removal but most companies can tell you ahead of time approximately what it’s going to cost.

There are a number of junk removal services in Portland and I’m sure many of them will be able to help you out.

Recycling Collection Calendar 2023

Here’s the link to the recycling collection calendar: https://www.portlandmaine.gov/553/Recycling

Frequently Asked Questions

When is bulk pickup in Portland?

To find your bulky item pickup in your area visit: https://www.portlandmaine.gov/534/Bulky-Waste-Collection-Permit

What day is trash pickup?

To find trash pickup on your street visit: https://portlandme.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7311af4787e24fc187cac8f5a819bb57

What time does trash collection start?

Trash collection starts at 6:30 a.m. Make sure to have your bins on the curb by then.

How can I contact the Portland Public Works Department?

Phone: 800-866-3954
Email: [email protected]

Did we miss anything?

Hope you were able to find everything you need for the Portland trash pickup schedule. We strive to provide the most up to date information so please let us know if you need anything else.

Want to be notified of schedule changes and upcoming holidays? (So you don't forget to put your bins out)