Isle au Haut Trash and Recyclables Guidelines (July 2016)

Trash Bag

  • One (1) bag per household per pickup.
  • Bag must be CLEAR plastic up to 33 gallon size, closed securely, and not too heavy to handle without tearing.
  • Tin cans and paint cans are accepted. Paint cans must have the lids off and any paint inside must be dried out.
  • Food garbage, glass, paper, recyclables, and returnable bottles and cans are NOT accepted.
  • Construction debris is NOT accepted.


  • Bottles and jars must be empty. Remove covers and cap. Put in bucket or box (that you keep).
  • No beverage bottles accepted (liquor, beer, wine); that includes returnables and non-returnables
  • Window/mirror glass is NOT accepted.


  • Only #2 plastics are accepted (milk, detergent containers, etc. - look on bottom of container for the number 2 in the triangle).
  • Containers must be completely empty and put in a bucket or box (that you keep).
  • Lids, caps, and rings can stay on containers.
  • Other plastics are NOT accepted and should go in the CLEAR trash bag.


  • Must be tied securely in bundles and be reasonably dry.
  • The stack may not be more than 8 inches high and 3 bundles per pickup.


  • Must be tied securely in manageable sized bundles. 3 bundles per pickup.


  • Must be separate and double-bagged.

The Trash Collector has the right to reject any materials that do not follow these guidelines. Please call Bill Clark at 335-2979 with any questions.

The Solid Waste and Recycling Program is a municipal service. All of our trash and recyclables go to Stonington, and the Town pays by weight. These guidelines are an attempt to keep costs down as low as possible.

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