Universal Waste Collection

The State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) now requires all Maine municipalities to collect and recycle Universal Waste.

What are Universal Wastes?

Universal Wastes are wastes that may contain hazardous amounts of toxic materials such as mercury, lead, and PCBs. They include:

  •  CRT’s- Cathode Ray Tubes (computer monitors, TV’s)
  • Computers and almost all electronic equipment
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (a.k.a. “lamps”)
  • Mercury-containing thermostats
  • Non-leaking PCB lighting ballasts
  • Certain batteries- Lithium (Li), Mercuric Oxide (HgO), Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Silver Oxide (AgO)
  • Mercury thermometers

The Universal Waste Collection Facility will be in operation, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as of June 20, 2020. From that date forward, barring any re-occurences in the pandemic, we will be following the original scheduled dates for the rest of the year. The schedule can be found here.

During the hours of operation, please note that we ask that all City of Brewer residents adhere to the following:

  1. Please form an orderly vehicle line.
  2. Please remain in your vehicle until asked by the attendant to exit said vehicle.
  3. When exiting your vehicle, please make sure you are wearing a mask.
  4. All items for disposal will be placed on the provided table in order to maintain social distance. (Assistance will be provided if necessary)
  5. You will be asked to write your name and address on the provided clipboard for regulatory purposes.

In the past, these wastes have been co-mingled with other solid wastes. The co-mingling of Universal Waste can cause hazardous chemicals to be released to the environment. By separating Universal Waste from the rest of the solid waste, storing them in a controlled secure area, and sending them for recycling instead of disposal, Brewer will be doing its part to help protect the environment and community health.

The City of Brewer is proud to announce that they are now able to provide for the management of Universal Wastes from households. (Currently, Brewer businesses are not eligible for this program).

The City has constructed a building that collects, stores and recycles the Universal Waste items listed above. The building is located at the City’s Award Winning Water Pollution Control Facility at the end of Oak Street in South Brewer.