Maine’s Product Stewardship programs differ from traditional recycling programs, which are run and funded by municipal governments. Product Stewardship programs save costs for you, as a taxpayer, by targeting the most toxic and problematic products in our waste stream. These programs shift the costs of dealing with these difficult and dangerous items from town governments already stretched thin, to manufacturers, who have control over the safety and recyclability of the products they make and sell.
This page will tell you more about how to recycle the most toxic and problematic items in our trash through programs that are funded by manufacturers.
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs
- Electronic Waste
- Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones
- Redeemable Beverage Containers
For more information about traditional recycling, contact your local municipal solid waste management program. Rules, restrictions, and programs differ among Maine’s 433 towns. Most localities are equipped to recycle traditional materials – plastic, paper, aluminum, and glass. Some towns offer curbside pickup for paper, plastic, and metal. Some towns maintain collection facilities at which residents can drop off their household recyclables. Your town’s website is often the best place to find information about how, where, and when to recycle traditional materials.
Earn $5.00 when you bring your old thermostat to one of more than 100 retail locations for recycling. Most towns also have waste collection sites where you can drop off your thermostat. You can also mail it back to the manufacturer for free.
Bring your thermostat to a participating wholesaler for a $5.00 mail-in coupon.
Bring your thermostat to a participating retailer for instant $5.00 store credit.
Send your thermostat back to the manufacturer in the mail.
Use the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) map to find out where to bring your old thermostat.
Recycle your used fluorescent light bulbs for free at more than a hundred retail locations and at many town waste collection sites.
Recycle your bulbs through your town’s municipal solid waste collection system.
Recycling your compact fluorescent bulbs(CFL) at a retail location.
Find a location on this list of all towns and retail locations that accept mercury-containing bulbs.
Use DEP’s map to find out where to bring your mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs:
Recycle your electronic waste (e-waste) for little or no costat more than 300 municipal waste collection sites. Most towns accept televisions, portable DVD players, game consoles, computer monitors, laptops, printers, digital picture frames, computers, and some other electronics. Best Buy, Goodwill, and Staples stores also will recycle certain electronics for free.
Find out more about the problems and solutions posed by electronic waste.
Find out more about how to recycle your e-waste.
Find out how and when your town collects e-waste.
Use DEP’s map feature to find where to bring your e-waste.
Cell Phones and Rechargeable Batteries
Recycle old cell phones and rechargeable batteries for free at any cell phone retail location, including more than 300 Call2Recycle drop-off points around the state, or most town waste collection sites.
Earn 5¢ to 15¢ per container when you recycle your redeemable beverage containers at a bottle redemption facility near you.
Use a reverse vending machine located on-site at a beverage retailer.
Find a beverage redemption center in your area.
Use a self-service kiosk such as the CLYNK system located in 48 Hannaford grocery stores across the state.