Solid Waste & Recycling

The City maintains a transfer station located on Transfer Station off the eastern side of South Street near Harrison Street. The hours of operation are Wednesdays and Saturdays 7:30 am until noon and 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm.

Transfer Station Rules and Guidelines

It is the goal of the City of Calais to reduce the cost of municipal solid waste for the taxpayer to the lowest practical level. To that end we have adopted a pay by the bag program to cover tipping fees at the landfill. In addition we encourage recycling and are trying to expand cost effective ways to remove more trash from the waste stream that requires expensive landfilling. These guidelines and rules were established to reach this goal.

The City of Calais Transfer Station is for Calais residents, property owners and businesses only. A permit is required. Permit stickers for your vehicles are available at the City Building, 11 Church Street, upon showing vehicle registration. There is no fee. We accept household wastes in City blue bags, unpainted wood and brush, leaf and yard waste for compost, demolition debris, and other recyclables, such as metals, cans, glass, cardboard, newspaper and some plastics.

Disposal of demolition debris is by far the most expensive item in the Transfer Station budget. Each ton of this waste must be buried in a landfill.

Commercial haulers and contractors are prohibited from using the facility.

Rules for Demolition Debris

Demolition Debris Excludes:

  • Debris from contractors performing work for others is prohibited
  • If in bags, bags must be clear
  • No paints or liquids or otherwise hazardous materials
  • No asbestos containing materials
  • No asphalt shingles
  • No household trash

*In some cases the load must be pre-inspected by the Public Works Director

Demolition Debris Includes:

  • Painted wood
  • Insulation and other demolition waste
  • Furniture (fees apply)
  • Mattresses (fees apply)
  • Carpets (fees apply)
  • Bulky plastics
  • Asphalt shingles and yard debris are prohibited.
  • Recycling Opportunies

Many items can be removed from the household trash waste stream by separating them and placing them in their designated place at the transfer station. These items include cardboard, newspapers, magazines, office paper, tin cans, other metals, glass and recycable plastics. There are also areas for unpainted wood, trees, brush(excluding stumps), leaves and yard debris.

The City accepts many other items on a pay as you throw system. Recycling stickers are available at the City Building for $5.00 each.

Transfer Station Fees

Permit Sticker (must show vehicle registration) No Charge
City Blue Bags (30 gal) available at City Building, IGA, Shop & Save, Ace Hardware and Johnson’s $1.50
White goods and other metals such as washers, dryers, stoves, large propane tanks, refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners with freon removed. No Charge
Furniture and other similar items such as couches, chairs, carpet and mattresses $5.00
Televisions and computer screens (household) $5.00
Small propane tank No Charge
Refigerators, freezers & air conditioners with freon $35.00
Car Tires $2.00
Truck Tires $5.00

This program is controlled by stickers, which are free each and are available at the City Building.