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Frequently Asked Questions
Why wasn’t my trash picked up?
Trash will not be picked up on these 4 holidays: New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  Trash collection may also be suspended during a significant storm. Homes that are scheduled for trash pick up on holidays are picked up the next day. For example, if July 4 is on a Monday, and your normal trash collection day is Monday, your trash will be picked up on Tuesday. This pushes trash and recycling collection for the rest of the week back one day…Wednesday's routes will be collected on Thursday and Thursday's routes will be collected on Friday. The following week we will return to the normal collection schedule.  Please feel free to call the Solid Waste and Recycling hotline at 892-3649 to hear about any schedule changes that have been made.

How do I report a problem?  
If you need to report a problem, like missing street signs, potholes, etc. please click here.

What happens if my mailbox is damaged?
Public Works drivers make every attempt to avoid damages to mailboxes. Generally speaking, the Town is not responsible for any type of damage to any item, including mailboxes, located in the Town’s right of way. The right of way area on most town roads extends 6 to 10 feet beyond the edge of pavement. For tips on mailboxes please visit our mailbox suggestion page click here.

To report a mailbox issue please contact Public Works at 892-9062 or visit our Report a Problem to Public Works page by clicking here.

How do I get a recycling bin?
A tote, milk crate, plastic container, or clear plastic bag (tied at the top) can be used as a recycling bin. New residents may pick up one free plastic recycling bin at Public Works or in the Town Clerk's Office. Additional plastic bins can be purchased for $9.00. Some residents may want to use more than one container, and we encourage you to go to purchase additional containers as needed, either at your local store or the Public Works Department or Town Clerk's Office.

All recyclables can go into one container and do not need to be sorted or separated by type. Simply combine all glass, metal, paper, cardboard, and plastics into one recycling container and place it at curbside on your trash pick-up day.

Where can I get information on recycling?
For general information on recycling please click here.

Where do I buy Gorham Trash Bags or Trash Bag Tags and how much are they?
Special trash bags and/or Trash bag tags can be purchased at Hannaford stores in Gorham and Standish, Shaws Supermarket in Westbrook, Cook's Hardware,  Community Pharmacy, Baxter Memorial Library, Phinney Lumber on Route 114, Lampron's Little Mart, Route 25 in West Gorham, Friendly Village office. The Town plans to add additional stores to this network in the near future. There are two sizes of trash bags:  15-gallon trash bags are sold in a package of 10 bags for a cost of $12.50 and 33-gallon trash bags are sold in a package of 5 bags for a cost of $12.50.  

The Town of Gorham also offers another option for people who use the Towns curbside trash collection program. In addition to placing Gorham Trash bags out for pickup, residents may now purchase a tag and attach it to a regular commercial trash bag for weekly pickup instead of using a Gorham Trash bag.  The tags are the same price as the Gorham trash bags and come in a sheet of 5 tags. A Pink sheet with 5 tags will cost $6.25 ($1.25 each) and can be used on any trash bag up to 15 gallons. A Yellow sheet with 5 tags will cost $12.50 ($2.50 each) and can be used for any trash bag up to 33 gallons.

What do I do if I am unhappy with the quality of my trash bags? Occasionally a resident may be unhappy with the quality of a batch of trash bags they received.  We will be happy to replace the bags, free of charge, if you return them to the Public Works Department.

Gorham Municipal Center, 75 South Street, Suite 1, Gorham, ME 04038 | (207) 222-1670