Augusta Considers Ending Curbside Recycling Pickup

Dec 16, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine — Lawmakers in Maine's capital city will vote this week on a proposal to terminate the curbside pickup of recyclables in Augusta.

The Morning Sentinel reports city councilors will vote Thursday on the proposed order sponsored by Mayor David Rollins that would end Augusta's recyclables collection on May 1, 2016.

Councilor Patrick Paradis says the curbside program doesn't accept a wide variety of recyclables like its single-stream drop-off program.

Officials say use of the service has dropped considerably since the city began to offer drop-off recycling options at Augusta City Center, the John Charest Public Works Facility and the Hatch Hill landfill.

Curbside recycling collected 120 tons at a cost of $879 per ton last year. Augusta's drop-off program collected 160 tons at a cost of $113 per ton.