Important Trash Collection and Transfer Station Updates

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July 4 Holiday

The Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Transfer Station hours for the week of June 29 will be as follows: 

  • Tuesday, 6/30, 12:00-4:00 
  • Thursday, 7/02,12:00-4:00 
  • Friday, 7/03, 7:00–5:00
  • Saturday, 7/4, CLOSED for the holiday

Curbside collection will NOT be impacted by the July 4 holiday. Trash and recycling collection will occur on Friday, July 3 as usual. Bins should be placed curbside by 7:00am to ensure pick up.

Town Trash Bag Fee Increase Begins July 1

At the May 11, 2020 Town Council meeting, the Council approved an order to increase the fee for yellow trash bags from $2.08 per 33 gallon bag to $2.95 per 33 gallon bag and from $1.46 per 20 gallon bag to $1.91 per 20 gallon bag, effective July 1, 2020. This fee increase offsets increases to the FY20-21 Municipal Budget and better aligns with actual waste disposal costs incurred by the Town.

The Town encourages residents to reduce waste through our free curbside recycling program and Food Waste Disposal Program. Both these options will reduce the use of yellow trash bags, thus reducing the cost of waste disposal for residents and the Town.

Falmouth offers free 'single-stream' curbside recycling. With ecomaine's single-sort processing facility, numerous types of recyclable materials go into the same bin. No separation of materials is necessary. These bins are collected curbside with regular trash pick-up.  Falmouth provides a free recycling bin to new residents. Additional bins can be purchased from Public Works.

With Falmouth’s Food Waste Disposal Program, food waste can be dropped off at two collection sites in town: the Transfer Station and Community Park. This waste is converted to compost. This program successfully diverted nearly 16 tons of food waste in 2019.

Home composting is another alternative for reducing household waste. Studies have shown that backyard composting can reduce the trash volume of a family of four by 15 to 25%. Backyard composters are also available for purchase from Falmouth Public Works. 

For more information or questions about these programs, please contact the Falmouth Public Works Department at 781-3919 or visit: https://www.falmouthme.org/trash-recycling-and-composting.