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Portland’s bulky item disposal program to resume on April 1

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PORTLAND, Maine – Starting April 1, the City of Portland’s Department of Public Services will resume the operations of its bulky waste program, Tag It – Bulky Item Pick-Up, for residents. The online program offers an easy and affordable way for residents to dispose of bulky and large items, according to the department’s press release.

Developed by department staff and the Solid Waste Task Force, the program enters its second year this spring offering residents and renters alike with an easy method to dispose of large items.

  “With spring and spring cleaning right around the corner, we know many city residents will be looking for easy and convenient ways to dispose of some of their larger and bulkier items. The city’s Tag It! program is the answer for getting rid of that old couch or broken toy,” said Troy Moon, Environmental Programs and Open Space Manager.

 The Tag It! Program provides residents with the opportunity to dispose of up to 10 small bulky items each year at no charge. Examples of small bulky items include kitchen chairs, rugs or carpets, gas grills, large toys and lawn equipment (oil and gas must be removed from any motors prior to pick-up).

The program also allows residents to dispose of an unlimited number of large items at a cost of $40 per item. Larger items include pieces of furniture such as sofas or armchairs and appliances like dishwashers or washing machines. The program does not accept demolition and remodeling debris, items that would normally fit in a blue bag, or hazardous or liquid waste.

 Stickers for disposal can be obtained by visiting the city’s recycling webpage at and clicking on the Tag It! Program link. Residents simply have to complete a form describing the item and location for pick-up. For larger items, they can make payment online. Residents who do not have access to a computer may visit 55 Portland St. in person between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m Monday through Friday. The Tag It – Bulky Item Pick-Up program operates from April to November annually.

 Additionally, household hazardous waste collection for items such as motor oil, insecticides and rodent poisons, oil paints, starter fluids and oven cleaners, resumes April 6at the Riverside Recycling Facility. Items will be collected the first Saturday of the month through Nov. 2. A complete list of acceptable hazardous wastes is available online at

City of Portland residents with an e-card may dispose of up to 10 gallons of household hazardous waste for no charge. The program is also open to Maine residents at a charge of $6.50 per gallon for liquid wastes or $3.50 per pound for solid wastes will apply.