Single Stream Recycling
Lewiston has Single Stream Recycling! Materials Can Be Recycled with No Need to Pre-Sort!
Recycling Helpful Hint! - Please put trash and recyclable containers on different sides of driveway, along with visible "RECYCLING" stickers (2-4 recommended) on one of the containers. These steps will help guide contracted trash and recyclable collection as to residents' intentions.
For recycling, a standard container (36 gallons) with a lid is recommended. Recycling stickers are available for placement on the outside of your recycling container. View our Accepted Materials for Recycling List and our Items Not Accepted as Recyclable List to learn about what items we can and cannot accept.
The Solid Waste Division manages the collection of Single Stream Recyclable Waste Material from the City’s residents (via curbside collection), the public schools, and recyclable material brought to the City’s solid waste facility for disposal. Single Stream Recyclable Waste Material includes 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).
Pamphlets, recycle stickers for your recycle container, and other information on the Single Stream Recycling Program are available through many community groups and non-profit organizations, as well as at the following locations:
- Lewiston City Hall - 2nd Floor, 27 Pine Street
- Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon Street (when re-opened)
- Lewiston Public Works, 103 Adams Avenue
- Lewiston Solid Waste Facility, 424 River Road
The City contracts the collection of Single Stream Recyclable Waste. Once collected, the Single Stream material is hauled to Casella Recycling’s Material Recovery Facility ("MRF") which is adjacent to the City’s solid waste facility where the recyclable material is sorted, baled, and shipped out to end users/manufacturers.
Manufacturers use the recovered recyclable material in place of virgin materials, which is beneficial for the environment. By separating these recyclable waste materials from other household waste, Lewiston’s residents help reduce the cost of solid waste (trash) disposal by making these materials-paper fiber, metal, plastic and glass-available for re-use in manufacturing.
Every ton we recycle saves the city $42.50 (or $34,000 per year) at the city’s current recycling rate, providing tax relief for us all.
The City’s annual average expense for waste disposal at the Mid Maine Waste Action Corp. (MMWAC) is $445,000 (FY2016). When residents separate Single Stream Recyclable waste from their household trash, they reduce the City’s expense for trash disposal because there is no disposal fee (for the City of Lewiston and its residents) for disposal of Single Stream Recyclable Waste.
If you have any questions or comments regarding Single Stream Recycling, please contact Bob Belanger at 207-513-3006. Thank you for your time and attention to this important recycling effort.
- Casella's Zero-Sort Recycling Explained (video)
- Casella's Zero-Sort Recycling Made Easy (video)
- Casella's Zero-Sort Recycling Website
- Image of the Recycling Container Sticker