Ah the local dump, there’s nothing like it whether you are looking to gather treasures or drop your refuse.


We have three transfer stations here on MDI and Tremont has a recycling area.

Bar Harbor is about to start the renovation of their transfer station, so we are including the details for the temporary transfer station that should be in operation by December 1st to Mid May 2018.

Here’s a quick guide to what’s what:

Bar Harbor Transfer Station (November 29th, 2017 – Mid May 2018)

Address: 135 Ledgelawn, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (Strawberry Hill)
Tel: 288-4464
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 AM – 3:45 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 11:45 AM (winter hours)
Items Accepted: Household Trash & Recycling: cardboard, newspapers, office paper, mixed paper, plastics, cans, batteries, glass, light bulbs. This is a Single Sort Facility. You only have to separate Glass from all other recycle items.
‘Swap’ Area Info:  None. Sometimes treasures can be found, but they are items that could be sold  and you are not supposed to take them.
Helpful Hints:
Transition to this address will take place on November 27th & 28th, on these dates no recycling is available and trash may be dropped off at 8/9 White Spruce Lane.
Don’t go there Saturday morning because EVERYONE else has that same idea.
Trash area takes individual bags but not construction debris. There doesn’t seem to be a bag limit so long as items are actually IN a bag.
Currently, leaves and yard waste, white goods, metals, and recyclables are accepted at the Public Works Facility in Hulls Cove, off Crooked Road.
Large items, including brush (fee charged), carpets, furniture, and mattresses are not accepted in Bar Harbor and must be taken to Eastern Maine Recycling (EMR) in Southwest Harbor on Long Pond Road.
Trash area is fenced to prevent you falling in when throwing your trash bags into the transfer truck, but this does sometimes make disposing of heavy bags a challenge – load according to your throwing arm!
There is normally a skip for large corrugated cardboard boxes by the offices, so you don’t have to tear them apart to fit into the slots on the regular bins.
Universal Waste (electronics, computers, monitors) goes in the shed by the offices.

FMI: http://www.barharbormaine.gov/147/Solid-Waste-Recycling-Division
Until the website above is updated,  we suggest calling Solid Waste Superintendent Ron Graves directly at 288-4464 or Public Works at 288-4681 with questions.

Northeast Harbor Transfer Station

Address: 307 Sargeant Drive Northeast Harbor ME 04662
Tel: (207) 276-5743 Garbage Hotline: (207) 276-5733 (for questions, summer residents informing of their return etc)
Hours: Open 24-7
Items Accepted: Household Trash & Recycling: cardboard (includes brown bags, boxboard and DOMESTIC corrugated including CLEAN pizza boxes), newspaper, mixed paper, office paper, plastics (#1-7), cans, glass jar and bottles.
‘Swap’ Area Info: No. Experience has shown they become a dumping ground for all sorts of trash in addition to some good items.
Helpful Hints:
The recycling area is covered, making this a much more desirable rainy day recycling location than Bar Harbor.
The trash area is two small dumpsters which are sometimes full.  NEH has Curbside trash collection, so these dumpsters are designed for those who missed their trash pick up.
There is a deposit bottle bin for a non profit if you wish to donate your returnables
Open 24-7.
FMI: https://www.mtdesert.org/public-works

Southwest Harbor Transfer Station

Address: Eastern Maine Recycling, 47 Long Pond Road, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Tel: 244-4347
Hours: Monday – Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday 8.00am – 3pm
Items Accepted: Items must be sorted into 3 categories: “Newspaper” includes newspaper, office & mixed paper and , unusually clean and rinsed juice and milk containers. “Cardboard” includes Corrugated cardboard, cardboard, brown paper bags, gift boxes. “Containers” includes all plastics (#1-7), cans, jars, bottles, foil, empty aerosol and empty paint cans
‘Swap’ Area Info: There is the informal “Transfer Treasure” Gazebo operated by volunteer folks. It’s mainly used in the summer, but you can access it year round
Helpful Hints:  Lightbulbs are NOT accepted.
FMI: Call EMR at (207) 244 4347


Tremont Township

Location of recycle dumpsters: Town Office Back Parking Lot, 20 Harbor Drive, Route 102A,  Bass Harbor, ME 04653
Tel: (207) 244-7204
Hours: Open 24-7
Household Trash: residents take to EMR in Southwest Harbor.
Items Accepted: Household Trash & Recycling: cardboard (includes brown bags, boxboard and DOMESTIC corrugated including CLEAN pizza boxes), newspaper, mixed paper, office paper, plastics (#1-7), cans, glass jar and bottles.
‘Swap’ Area Info: None


So the above handy dandy reference guide above should help you get things where they need to go – or tell you where to “dumpster dive” for trash treasures, but it also brings up numerous questions about the bigger system and recycling. Stay tuned for Part Two of this post, and we’ll answer those questions for you!


Want to know more? This article has a fascinating part two!


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