Curbside Trash / Recycling Collection

NOTICE:  Due to COVID-19 and the economic hardship facing many in our community, the City of Brewer has temporarily suspended its Pay As You Throw trash program. Effective March 30 through the end of May, household trash and recycling placed curbside does not need an orange Brewer trash tag.

Brewer is an All-In-One
Pay As You Throw Community

Frequently Asked Questions
Where to Get Trash Tags
Curbside Collection Days and Routes

General Rules
Household trash is picked up Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of every week from residential properties of 4 units or less.  Bags should be set out curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

Brewer is a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) community.  Trash and recycling placed curbside must be in bags affixed with an official orange City of Brewer tag.

There is no curbside collection on the following days:
–     New Years Day
–     Memorial Day
–     July 4th
–     Labor Day
–     Thanksgiving Day
–     Christmas Day

If the holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, the collection schedule will be pushed back one day starting with the day of the holiday. For example, Labor Day falls on a Monday.  Therefore, the collection schedule is Tuesday through Thursday that week. Holidays that affect pickup in Brewer will be posted in the Bangor Daily News.

Prohibited Items
As laid out in the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance, Chapter 22, Article 2, Section 2.4, the following rubbish, by way of example and not limitation, shall be considered unacceptable for curbside collection.

These materials will not be picked up curbside:

  1. Effective September 1, 2019, materials not in a bag affixed with an official City of Brewer tag (with the exception of neatly stacked cardboard) or not meeting the weight limitations.
  2. White goods such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and other large appliances.
  3. Material from the major repair of, excavation for, construction, or destruction of buildings or structures, such as piping, earth, plaster, mortar, bricks, building, blocks, septic tanks, trees or tree stumps over six inches in diameter, and any other similar materials, commonly called demolition debris.
  4. Grass clippings, weeds, plants, shrubs, leaves, brush or branches unless they are in a bag affixed with an official City of Brewer tag.
  5. Bulky items such as mattresses and box springs, couches, chairs, and carpets.
  6. Abandoned or junk vehicles and car parts.
  7. Hazardous waste: All hazardous waste as defined by federal and state regulatory agencies.
  8. Hospital waste: All contaminated hospital waste as defined by federal and state laws, i.e., “red bag” pathological anatomical waste.
  9. Biological Waste, including dead animals or portions thereof or other pathological wastes.
  10. Infectious waste: Wastes which are hazardous by reason of their contamination with infection materials i.e., “red bag” waste body parts, pathology lab waste, etc..
  11. Human fecal waste.
  12. Animal fecal waste which is not contained in a plastic bag.
  13. Flammable waste; liquid waste; sludge.
  14. Waste oil, lubricants or fuels, including gasoline and propane.
  15. Powder and liquid pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
  16. Paint waste and pigments.
  17. Construction and demolition debris.
  18. Electrical capacitors: Contain oils that may contain P.C.B.s.
  19. Special waste as defined by state law, including but not limited to,   Asbestos.
  20. Laboratory chemicals.
  21. Biohazard materials.
  22. Plated metal parts.
  23. Electrical transformers or parts.
  24. Stove and fire ash.
  25. Tree stumps and logs.
  26. Tires.

Visit the City’s Solid Waste Programs webpage for information about disposal options, such as the Brewer Landfill, Universal Waste Program, and Household Hazardous Waste Program, for items not collected curbside.

Visit the Environmental Services department for more information on the City’s curbside collection and overall solid waste management program.