purple bags required signThe City of Portland has a “Pay-As-You-Throw” trash collection system. The cost of disposing of trash is covered by the cost of the bags, so you pay only for what you throw away. City trash bags are available at these retail locations in the Greater Portland Area .  Trash will only be collected in the City of Portland purple trash bags.  We strongly suggest obtaining a generic trash container for your trash bags to avoid vermin tearing the bags which would require prompt cleanup to avoid a littering citation. The crews will collect the purple city bags from the generic trash can provided by the resident. 

Purple Trash Bag

As of Monday, July 1, 2019, the cost of the City of Portland purple trash bags will be the following rates : $1.50 per 15 gallon bag or $3.00 per 30 gallon bag.

Residents and retailers should call WasteZero at 
1-800-866-3954 for manufacturing concerns such as defective bags and/or retail ordering.

The City Council approved the increase in the trash bag fee as part of its approval of the Fiscal Year 20 (FY20) municipal budget starting July 1, 2019.  

City Trash Bag Vendors

Printable list of City trash bag vendors updated 9/13/21

Location Address City State Zip Phone Number Notes
Cumberland Farms 1136 Forest Ave Portland ME 04103 207-797-9927 ask at checkout
Cumberland Farms 49 Pine St Portland ME 04102 207-874-9528 ask at checkout