MRRA’s Annual Meeting was held at Jeff's Catering in Brewer on October 23rd.
For more information on next years meeting or to reserve space, please call Shelby at 207-942-6772.

Jim Wellehan - Presenter

Photo Gallery and Awards

23rd Annual Recycling and Solid Waste Conference & Trade Show

For over two decades, Maine Resource Recovery Association has brought you Maine’s only integrated conference for the Recycling & Solid Waste Management Industry. Maine's 23rd Annual Recycling and Solid Waste Conference & Trade Show: “Beyond Recycling: Materials Management and A Circular Economy,” was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3 and 4, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

The annual conference brings together experts and service providers from across the spectrum of the recycling and solid waste industry to address current topics in materials management. Two days of workshops offer information for municipal officials, industry leaders and the public on how to improve recycling and solid waste management programs, reduce costs and protect the environment. Topics range from workplace safety to commodities markets, product stewardship to composting food scraps, textiles
re-use to achieving zero waste, managing disaster debris to engaging the public.

Key topics this year included actions taken by Maine municipalities to significantly reduce their solid

waste management costs; emerging solid waste conversion technologies that recover value from waste;

diverting food scraps from disposal to composting and other uses; and policy approaches and practical

strategies to decrease waste, increase recycling, and reduce disposal costs.


Please join us in 2017!   For more information, please email MRRA or Call us at 942-6772.

Downloads from the 2016 Conference


Maine Resource Recovery Association Announces Recipients of 2016 Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Awards

Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA) announced the recipients of the 2016 Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Awards at the 23rd Annual Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Conference &Trade Show.  “Beyond Recycling: Materials 
Management and A Circular Economy,” was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3 and 4, at the 
Samoset Resort in Rockport.


The following individuals and programs were recognized for their contributions to advancing waste reduction 
and recycling in Maine:


• Manager of the Year:   Barry Howell, Manager, Nobleboro/Jefferson Transfer Station

• Program of the Year:   Garbage to Garden, Tyler Clark, Founder and CEO

• Most Improved Program:   Town of Brownfield, Bill Flynn, Selectman

• Distinguished Service Award:   Robert C Malley, Director of Public Works, Town of Cape Elizabeth

• Special Recognition:   Ronal Patch, Manager, Town of Lebanon Transfer Station

         John Thomas, Manager, Town of Oakland Transfer Station


MRRA congratulates and salutes the excellent contributions these individuals and organizations are offering to Maine’s nation-­leading solid waste management industry.

2016 Conference Keynote Downloads

Tuesday AM Welcome Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME) U S House of Representatives  VIEW VIDEO

Tuesday Keynote (AM) Jerry Powell, Executive Editor Resource Recycling, Inc.  VIEW FILE

Tuesday Keynote (Lunch) Jim Wellehan, President and Co-Owner Lamey-Wellehan Shoes

Wednesday AM Welcome Paul Mercer, Commissioner Maine DEP

Wednesday Lunch Keynote Allen Langdon, Managing Director Multi-Material BC




David Keeling General Manager American Iron & Steel Institute VIEW FILE

Steve Alexander Executive Director Association of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers VIEW FILE

Victor Horton Executive Director Maine Resource Recovery Association VIEW FILE


Sustainable Business


Stephanie Barger Founder and Executive Director US Zero Waste Business Council  VIEW FILE

Julie Churchill Assistant Director, Office of Innovation & Assistance Maine DEP


Product Stewardship


Chris Hudgins Vice-President, Government Relations & Policy International Sleep Products Association VIEW FILE

Marjaneh Zarrehparvar Executive Director PaintCare VIEW FILE

Todd Ellis Director of Product Stewardship Programs Call2Recycle VIEW FILE


Bulky Waste


Jennifer Griffith Project Manager NEWMOA

Ted Siegler Principal DSM Environmental Services Inc. VIEW FILE

Chris Hudgins Vice-President, Government Relations & Policy International Sleep Products Association VIEW FILE


Food Waste Diversion


Ted Siegler Principal DSM Environmental Services Inc VIEW FILE

Greg Williams Agri-Cycle Energy VIEW FILE


Trash Talk Part 1


Troy Moon Environmental Programs & Open Space Manager City of Portland

Sarah Bernier WasteZero

Julie Rosenbach Sustainability Coordinator City of South Portland


Trash Talk 2


Lissa Bitterman Business Development Manager Ecomaine

Randy Gray Code Enforcement Officer Town of Skowhegan VIEW FILE

Ross Nason Environmental Planner KVCOG




Dr. Cindy Isenhour Assistant Professor of Anthropology University of Maine VIEW FILE

Mary Ann Remolador Assistant Director Northeast Recycling Council VIEW FILE

Mike Howe Director, After-Market Business Goodwill NNE


Higher Education


Thomas Twist Sustainability Manager Bates College

Faye Christoforo Co-Director and Campus Coordinator Post-Landfill Action Network

Mike Talon Capital Asset Administrator University of Maine

Steven Sweeney Resource Recovery Supervisor University of Southern Maine


Recovering Waste


Mark Fisher Principal Massabesic Middle School

David Pope Science Teacher Massabesic Middle School

Mark Lennon Principal Institutional Recycling Network VIEW FILE

Kevin Roche CEO ecomaine VIEW FILE


Beyond Recycling Panel


Sarah Lakeman Sustainable Maine Project Director Natural Resources Council of Maine

Travis Blackmer Research Associate Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions- University of Maine

Kevin Roche CEO ecomaine

Karen Fussell Finance Director City of Brewer

Rep Bob Duchesne Maine Legislature


Community Outreach


Kelly Cramer Project Associate - Sustainable Packaging Coalition Green Blue VIEW FILE

Leo Maheu Education Program Manager ecomaine


DOT Training


Tim Doyle Vice - President Maine Motor Transport Association VIEW FILE


Risk Management Training


Robert Thomas Loss Control Supervisor Maine Municipal Association


23rd Annual Fundraiser "Comedy for a Cause RECAP"

As part of the 23rd Annual Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Conference & Trade Show, Maine Resource

Recovery Association presented “Comedy for a Cause,” to an audience of 200 with comedians Karen Morgan,

Funniest Mom in USA, and Robbi Printz, Comedy Central.


A portion of the proceeds will benefit two local organizations, the Rockland District Nursing Association

(RDNA) and The Coastal Children’s Museum.


For over 86 years, as a community supported agency, RDNA has provided non-acute in-home and

community nursing services, focusing on neighbors who otherwise might not have access to care. Today,

RDNA serves predominantly elderly residents living independently in Thomaston, South Thomaston,

Owls Head, St. George, Cushing, Warren, Union and Rockland.


At The Coastal Children’s Museum, children and families have the opportunity to discover and learn

through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences, and the diversity of Maine’s mid-coast region.

Within a relaxed and supportive environment, children investigate through hands-on and interactive explorations.


8:00 - 4:00


134C Main street
newport, ME 04953  207-942-6772

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