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Solid Waste Division
Responsibilities & Services
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Robert Stalford
Solid Waste Superintendent

424 River Rd.
Lewiston, ME  04240

Ph: (207) 513-3006

Hours
Monday - Friday
7:15 am - 2:45 pm

Saturday
8:00 am - Noon
The Solid Waste Division provides for the collection and management of residential solid waste and recyclable waste material for the City of Lewiston. 

Solid Waste Collection / Facility Schedule

Recycling
The Solid Waste Division manages the City’s Recycling Program, which includes Single Stream Recyclable Material. Single Stream includes waste items such as -newspaper, plastic containers (numbers 1 through 7), corrugated cardboard, glass bottles and jars, office paper, mixed paper, hardcover books, and cans (aluminum and steel). By recycling these items, Lewiston's citizens help improve the environment by making these materials - paper fiber, metal, plastic and glass - available for re-use in manufacturing. Recycling waste materials also reduces the cost for waste disposal ($450,000 in FY 2012) at the MidMaine Waste Action Corporation incinerator, in Auburn. The Single Stream Recycling Program is also available to communities outside of Lewiston. Please review the Single Stream Recycling page for additional information about this service.

ePasses for Residential Waste Disposal
The City sells ePasses (formerly known as "Punch Passes") at the Treasurer's Office and at the Scale House at the Solid Waste Facility. In the past, the City would issue an actual "pass" to the purchaser, which would be marked or "punched" each time waste was disposed at the City's Solid Waste Facility. The new ePass uses information contained on the purchaser's driver's license. When the purchaser of the pass (or member of that household) brings household waste to the Solid Waste Facility, they will be asked for their driver's license. After they have finished dumping, the material disposed will be recorded on the City's computer system and a receipt showing the waste items disposed will be issued. As in the past, if the number of waste items on the holder's ePass has been exceeded, they will be required to pay for any overage at that time (the Facility accepts cash, checks, and credit cards). The cost of the first ePass is still $20 and is good for one year from the date of purchase. If needed, a second pass can be purchased for $40. 

Other items related to the City's ePass program include:
  • A limit of two passes per household. Only members of the household can use the pass.  If the Purchaser of the ePass would like other members of their household to use this service, please remember to bring those individuals' driver's license to the Treasurer's Office or Solid Waste facility at the time of purchase.
  • In the event a residential property owner is unable to obtain an ePass due to hardship (i.e. they do not drive or have a driver's license) they can authorize another individual to obtain an ePass for them by completing an ePass Authorization Form. These blank forms are available at the Treasurer's Office (City Hall) and the Solid Waste Facility. Once completed and submitted, the form will be processed by City staff for approval. The approval process will be completed in five (5) days or less and the applicant will be notified. This service is not available to contractors or property owners having repairs performed on their homes by contractors.
  • The ePass is still good for the same types and quantities of waste material as the old pass:
    • 2 - tires (off the rim)
    • 1 - television or computer monitor
    • 1 - refrigerated appliance
    • 6 - Bulk Waste items (i.e. furniture, rolls of carpet, etc.)
    • 6,000 lbs. of trash/construction and demolition debris/yard debris
  • For more information about the ePass and cost of waste disposal at the City's Solid Waste Facility, please click on either "Solid Waste Fee Schedule" or "ePass Information at the left of this page.

Solid Waste Disposal

The City owns and operates its own secure landfill, which has disposal capacity in excess of 40 years at current disposal rates. The City’s permit to operate the Solid Waste Facility and landfill is specific about the types of waste that can be accepted; therefore, the contents of each vehicle are inspected by the Scale House Attendant to ensure compliance. Operation and maintenance of the secure landfill includes:
  • Permitting, design and construction of the landfill liner system. 
  • Design and installation of the landfill cover system.
  • Performance of the Environmental (groundwater) Monitoring Program, tri-annually.
  • Inspection of landfill operations.
  • Inspection and maintenance of the landfill leachate collection system.
  • Interaction with Regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with Environmental regulations.
  • Scaling and inspection of incoming waste.

Residential Waste Collection
The Solid Waste Division provides curbside collection of residential solid waste and Single Stream recyclable Materials on a weekly basis. This includes waste/ recyclable waste collection from Municipal Buildings and public schools. This service is provided to approximately 14,000 dwelling units. Lewiston's population is approximately 35,000.

The City performs this service through the use of private haulers. Contracts with these firms are awarded through an open-bid process. The term of the contract is typically seven (7) years.

During a typical year, 10,000+ tons of solid waste are collected from the City's residents and hauled to/disposed at the MidMaine Waste Action Corporation, where it is commingled with solid waste from other communities and incinerated. Incineration reduces the volume of the waste by approximately 90%. The residual ash from this process is hauled to the City's secure landfill, in roll-off trucks, where it is disposed. In addition, 1,000+ tons of Single Stream Recyclable Material is collected from the City's residents. This material is hauled to the Solid Waste Facility where it is consolidated and hauled off-site for processing and sale to firms who use the recyclable material in the manufacture of new products.


27 Pine Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
Ph: (207) 513-3000
TTY/TDD: (207) 513-3007
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