Federal EPA Urges Americans to Recycle More & Recycle Properly


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued the attached statement below urging American residents and communities to continue recycling during this current pandemic.

As ecomaine, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, and others have said, recycling – and recycling properly – is more important now than ever.

Businesses that normally recycle large amounts of paper and cardboard aren’t able to do that right now. Because of this, household recycling is more essential than ever. We are all staying home and getting more deliveries in cardboard boxes and generating more material than normal, much of which can be recycled. Recycled materials are key for everything from making new products to boxes to ship products and other essential supplies for the everyday needs of hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies and American homes. There are critical needs for all raw materials in the manufacturing supply chain, especially paper and cardboard. EPA encourages households to do their part – and recycle more and recycle right. Keep gloves, masks, other PPE out of recycling bins. Do not litter these items either and instead bag these items and dispose of them properly by following local and Center for Disease Control guidelines.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler encourages all Americans to recycle household materials and properly dispose of personal protective equipment (PPE) in a two-minute video HERE.

Gorham Recycling Guidelines

Gorham residents with curbside collection can combine all glass, metal, paper, *cardboard (*must be 2 feet x 2 feet or smaller to be collected), and plastics into one recycling container and place it at curbside on your trash pick-up day. 

You may also bring your household recyclables to the silver bullet units at Public Works (80 Huston Road). These recycling bins are available for residents to drop off recyclables if they miss curbside collection or have more than will fit in their bins. Please visit the FAQ ‘What are silver bullet units?’ for a list of acceptable items. No items should be left outside these units, recyclable or not. Note: These units are monitored by cameras for the purpose of identifying illegal dumping. 

Have recycling or waste-related questions? Use the ecomaine Recyclopedia to type in what you are looking to dispose of and find your answer in just one click. Visit our FAQ page for additional guidance on Gorham's recycling, or call Gorham Public Works at 207-892-9062.