Please click hereto see the curbside collection schedule
Why do we need a permit system?
City policies apply differently to residents, non-residents, and businesses.
How does the system work?
To enter the landfill, you must show a resident, non-resident, or commercial permit.
How do I get a resident or non-resident landfill permit?
Come to the landfill and tell the scale attendant you would like a permit. See below for commercial permit information.
How much does a permit cost?
There is no fee.
What is a resident?
You are a resident if you live in Bath or own a single or duplex residence in Bath but live
in another town.
What will be acceptable proof of residency or property ownership in Bath to obtain a Resident Permit?
Current property tax bill, a current utility bill, OR a current vehicle registration
AND a matching picture ID
What about a non-resident permit?
No proof required. But you must give your name, address and phone number.
Can I dump waste without a permit?
Can I recycle without a permit?
No, we need to collect information on where our materials come from.
What if I have a residential permit and I borrow a vehicle that has no permit attached?
Show your picture ID. If you've been issued a residential permit, you can dump.
What if I don't have a permit and I borrow a vehicle that also has no permit attached?
Show one of the items listed above to prove residency. Or you can be issued a non-resident permit. You must return with your own vehicle to affix the sticker.
If I am hauling waste for a resident but I don't have a residential permit on my vehicle, can I still pay the residential rate?
Not without verification. We will call the party you are hauling for and if they verify that you are working for them, you can dump for the residential rate. You may be required to get a commercial permit.
If I am hauling waste for a resident and the resident is with me, but I don't have a residential permit on my vehicle, can we still pay the residential rate?
If the resident has already been issued a permit, he/she can show a picture ID. If no permit has previously been issued, proof of residency is required.
Can I get more than one permit?
Yes. If you have more than one vehicle, more than one permit can be issued, but the number of permits cannot exceed the number of vehicles.
Can I have both a resident permit and a non-resident permit?
Yes, if you own residential properties in Bath and another town. A vehicle registered in Bath can be issued a residential permit. Another vehicle not registered in Bath, can have either a resident or non-resident permit.
How do I get a commercial landfill permit?
You must call or visit the City Clerk's office in City Hall. (443-8332).
Can I salvage materials at the landfill?
Picking or salvaging is prohibited at all times. Occasionally a firewood pile will be available for public consumption.
How long will the landfill last?
As of July 2009 and at the current rate of waste placement, the landfill should last between 12 and 16 years.
How does the Bargain Barn work?
The Bargain Barn is temporarily closed. However we hope to reopen it soon. If you are interested in volunteering as an attendant in the barn, please call the landfill (443-8356).
How do I set up an account so the City can bill me monthly for my fees?
An account can be set up at the scalehouse.
What rules govern the operation of the facility?
The Bath Landfill is operated in accordance with the State of Maine Solid Waste Management Regulations Chapter 401. Click hereto read these rules. The facility is inspected periodically by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, Division of Solid Waste. They can be reached at (207) 287-7688 or see their web page at MDEP.
Where can I get a Bath Tub (recycling bin)?
Tubs are available at the Bath Landfill.
You don’t have to have a blue bin; you can use any other container for recycling as long as it is clearly marked. You can get a recycling sticker for your other bin at the landfill or city hall.
What can I recycle curbside?
With single stream recycling, the list has expanded. Please do not separate the materials, They will be collected all mixed together
You can now recycle the following:
Plastic containers - #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 (any plastic with the chasing arrows symbol)
Glass - all colors
Mixed paper – any paper item
Tin/steel/aluminum – cans, foil, pie plates, etc.
Paperboard – cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.
The following items are not recyclable in your blue bin:
Unmarked plastics such as toys
Plastic shopping bags – return to grocery store
Styrofoam of any size shape (bring packing peanuts to Mail It 4 U)
Any containers with food or liquid inside
Paper plates, napkins, tissues, paper towels, etc. soiled with food
Used motor oil, used antifreeze, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper/magazines/catalogs, tires, metals/appliances, asphalt roof shingles, tin cans, #2 plastic, clear glass, car batteries, 20 lb. propane tanks, fire extinguishers, helium tanks, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers & thermostats, PCB ballasts, rechargeable batteries.
Why is my recycling picked up in a garbage truck? Is it really being recycled?
With single stream recycling, the quantity of materials picked up curbside has greatly increased and the traditional recycling truck is no longer efficient and effective. The city is currently exploring options for the future of this program. At present, Pine Tree Waste is utilizing a garbage truck to collect the recyclables. It is more efficient because the truck can compact the materials and carry more. Be assured, the materials do have value and are being recycled.
Does the landfill hurt the environment?
Its impact has been greatly reduced after several recent projects. Most of the leachate generated is collected and sent to the City’s wastewater treatment plant before being discharged as clean water. The site is monitored 3 times per year for surface and groundwater contamination. Mercury items are no longer accepted for burial.
Overall, a landfill is not a bad way to dispose of waste. But we can all help the situation by only throwing away things that are truly garbage. Reducing the quantity of things that you buy, reusing items that someone else doesn’t need anymore, and recycling all help to reduce the impact of the landfill on the environment. Buying non-toxic alternatives and properly disposing of household hazardous wastes in a collection event are actions you can take to keep your environment clean.
For More Information:
Call the Bath Landfill at 443-8356 or Bath Public Works at 443-8357