Solid Waste and Recycling Division

The Bar Harbor Solid Waste and Recycling is a division of the Department of Public Works.  Bar Harbor takes a proactive stance towards recycling. Our solid waste / recycling facility is located at White Spruce Road in Bar Harbor.

Transfer Station Floor Painting - Traffic Flow Affected

Effective Thursday, October 18, ONE LANE of the drive-through area at the Transfer Station on White Spruce Road will be CLOSED while a contractor is applying a no-ski surface to the floor.  The work will take three to four days, and then the paint must cure for three weeks.  Once the cure time is reached, the completed side will be opened, and the other drive-through lane will be closed to repeat the process.  Wait times will be increased during this time frame; please plan accordingly.  Feel free to ask for assistance from the attendants during this time. 

The Recycling Center lanes will be operating as they normally do.  We look forward to everyone's anticipated cooperation.

Transfer Station Master Plan

View the plan HERE


The Bar Harbor Recycling Center is a single sort operation.  Currently, white goods and scrap metals are accepted at the Public Works Facility in Hulls Cove, off Crooked Road.  Large items are NOT accepted in Bar Harbor and must be taken to Eastern Maine Recycling (EMR) in Southwest Harbor on Long Pond Road: the items include brush, wood, construction debris (fees charged); at no fee - carpets, furniture, and mattresses.  An annual hazardous waste collection event is offered off-site, typically in the fall (the event is publicized when scheduled).

Bar Harbor's Recycling Center WILL accept the following single sort materials.  Please EMPTY and RINSE all containers and FLATTEN and BREAK DOWN cardboard boxes:

  • Clean corrugated cardboard
  • Newspapers / inserts, catalogs, and magazines
  • Office paper
  • Mixed paper, cereal boxes, and similar types of cardboard, egg cartons
  • Junk mail, envelopes, office paper, paper bags
  • Books and phone books
  • EMPTY milk and juice cartons, drink boxes
  • EMPTY Plastics (#1 and #2) - water bottles, milk jugs, detergent bottles, rigid containers with a #1 or #3; NO caps.
  • EMPTY - tin and aluminum cans, aluminum containers, aerosol cans, pots and pan; NO caps.
  • Batteries - regular (NO car batteries)
The following items are NOT accepted as single sort:

  • Glass
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Styrofoam cubs or containers
The following items will be accepted in bins so marked:

  • EMPTY glass of all types
  • Fluorescent / mercury bulbs
  • TVs, computers, monitors, electronics
  • Propane tanks (empty)
  • Aluminum cans