ecomaine provides comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally responsible, economically sound manner, and is a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies.
ecomaine is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
The Waste Hierarchy. Learn it, Live it, Love it.
It is a State of Maine statute to plan for and implement an integrated approach to solid waste management for solid waste generated within Maine and/or imported into the State. To do so, Maine has established a Solid Waste Management Hierarchy (38 MRSA §2101) – known by many as “the three Rs”. At ecomaine, the State’s Waste Management Hierarchy is about much more than “the three Rs”; it is an integral part of our decision-making process. Whether it is supporting legislation, educating students in our member communities, making operational changes, or planning for the future of the organization, we are always prioritizing according to the hierarchy: reduction of waste generated, reuse of waste resources, recycling, composting or digesting of food or other biodegradable organic waste, waste-to-energy, and, as the very last resort, landfilling.