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APR encourages package designers to utilize its Champions for Change® and Responsible Innovation programs, as well as the APR Design® Guide to create the most recyclable packaging. Assistance is available through MRRA, please contact us for more information.

 

Do you have questions on Model Bale Specifications: Tubs and Lids? Here is a great download for you to review. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Victor at 942-6772.

 

Rindge Energy / Mighty Flame is able to offer MRRA members a reward for certain

tanks collected by the towns.

 

MRRA will haul away virtually all other propane tanks at a charge but some tanks

actually pay you back.

 

Call MRRA for details.  207-942-6772.

2016 Recipients Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Awards

Tyler Frank, Founder and CEO, Garbage To Garden accepts MRRA's 2016 Recycling and Solid Waste

Program of the Year Award from MRRA President Ross Nason and Victor Horton, Executive Director.

Barry Howell, Nobleboro/Jefferson Transfer Station Manager accepts the 2016 Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Manager of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual Maine Recycling and Solid Waste

Conference & Trade Show.

Selectman Bill Flynn accepts the 2016 Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Most Improved Program of the Year award on behalf of the Town of Brownfield.

MRRA President Ross Nason and Executive Director Victor Horton with MRRA's 2016 Distinguished

Service Award winner Robert C. Malley, Director of Public Works,
Town of Cape Elizabeth.

Maine Resource Recovery Association Executive Director Victor Horton presents MRRA's Special Recognition Award to Ronal Patch Manager of the Lebanon Transfer Station.

Maine Resource Recovery Association President Ross Nason applauds as John Thomas, Manager of the Oakland Transfer Station receives MRRA's
Special Recognition Award for 2016.

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

Sustainable Business

The Samoset Resort on the Ocean, Rockport, ME

Maine Resource Recovery Association is pleased to hold our 23rd Annual Recycling and Solid Waste Conference & Trade Show at the Samoset Resort on the Ocean, an environmental leader among Rockport ME hotels and Maine resorts.

The Samoset Resort is committed to setting an example. The eco-friendly resort has adopted a variety of sustainable practices aimed to reduce water and energy consumption while increasing resort-wide recycling opportunities.

The Samoset has been a certified participant in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Leader program since 2008, and continues to serve as an innovator among Rockport, ME hotels and continue to implement new green programs throughout hotel operations.

One of the most impressive sustainable practices at the Samoset is the composting policy, which benefits the resort, guests and the local community. Organic food waste from the kitchen is sent to Earthly Fertilizers, a local farm located in Appleton. The food is then converted to compost and supplied to area farms as soil amendments for their crops and animal feed. A portion of the compost is also returned to the resort and used in the flower and herb gardens.

Executive Chef Tim Pierce and his culinary staff use these flowers and herbs to decorate plates and complement signature dishes, which also showcase fresh ingredients from local farms, artisans and fishermen whenever possible.

Samoset Resort also partners with Clean the World by donating guests' leftover soap and shampoo to be recycled. Rather than discarding these products to overflowing landfills, the soap is melted down and sterilized before being distributed to impoverished countries around the world.

The Samoset’s composting and other green initiatives are prime examples of how Maine businesses and community programs can work together to close the loop and promote a circular economy while reducing the waste in our landfills and providing resources that support local farms.

 

legislative watch

It has been another busy session with the Maine Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  The Committee has again been focused on solid waste management issues, and put forth a bill L.D. 1578 “An Act to Update Maine’s Solid Waste Management Laws.”  They had also carried over L.D. 313 “An Act to Create a Sustainable Solution to the Handling, Management, and Disposal of Solid Waste in Maine,” which after amendment, was identical to LD1578 except for the exclusion of the battery stewardship portion.

L.D. 1578 included a number of widely-varying provisions, including:  a product stewardship program for batteries; a food waste disposal ban for certain “large quantity generators”; the creation of a State recycling and composting grant program; revisions to the State solid waste fee structure; and modifications to the bottle bill program.

MRRA’s Government Affairs Committee recommended taking no position for or against the bill, but offered a number of written suggestions to improve the bill.  There was extensive testimony offered by multiple parties, and the Committee held several work sessions to discuss the amendments to the bill.  MRRA monitored that process, and ultimately wrote a letter in support of the battery recycling proposal specifically.  Ultimately, the Committee voted unanimously “ought to pass” on a significantly amended bill.  The final bill included the battery stewardship provision; the inclusion of a food recovery hierarchy in statue; amendments to the State’s recycling and waste reduction goals; a Solid Waste Diversion Grant Program to be administered by the Maine DEP as funds are available; authorization for the Maine DEP to utilize the administrative rule-making process to set fees; and a DEP food scraps composting pilot program.

Update: The Maine Legislature passed LD 313 and Governor LePage signed it into law. However, LD1578 did not pass and ultimately neither did the battery stewardship portion of the legislation. MRRA will continue to monitor the progress of battery stewardship in the legislature.

The bills are available on the Maine Legislature’s website here:

 

LD1578  https://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280059188

 

LD313  https://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280054588

 

Questions? Please contact Shelby for more information. “

Shelby.wright@mrra.net

 

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