Don’t miss the Annual Recycling Open House Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017

Gather your family and friends for the free and festive Annual ecomaine Recycling Open House Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.!

WHAT: ecomaine’s Annual Recycling Open House and e-Waste Collection

WHERE: 62 Blueberry Road, Portland, Maine – just off of I-95 Exit 46 near the Portland Jetport

WHEN: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Arrive early before breakfast sandwiches and free recycling bins run out. Arrive between 9 and 10 a.m. for your chance to meet Slugger!

FREE E-WASTE COLLECTION, GIVEAWAYS, TOURS AND SO MUCH MORE …

*Open H 12 082In addition to taking a tour, you can expect to receive:

  • free e-waste collection (See list of acceptable items here)
  • free breakfast sandwiches, fruit and coffee,
  • free 22-gallon ecomaine recycling bins (while supplies last),
  • a wide range of fun children’s activities, including opportunities to sit inside of real garbage and recycling trucks and a chance to meet Slugger, and
  • numerous raffles for bins that will help you separate your food waste from your garbage.

Don’t miss this year’s “reduce, reuse & recycle” partners, showcasing their services:

Agricycle Energy

Agri-Cycle is a full-service food waste collection company that focuses on removing food scraps from the traditional waste stream and using those scraps to create renewable energy through anaerobic digestion.  Their host anaerobic digestion facility, Exeter Agri-Energy, home to one of the first de-packaging machines in New England, can process all types of food waste including produce, meat, seafood, and dairy as well as grease trap waste and other liquids.  Agri-Cycle uses a fleet of seven collection trucks, four tractors, two 8,500 gallon vacuum tankers, and three 65-yard dump trailers to service their business partners, including supermarkets, restaurants, food processing plants, corporate cafeterias, schools, and hospitals.   Visit their table at ecomaine to learn more about the heat, energy and cow bedding bi-products produced through their anaerobic digestion process!

Garbage to Garden is Maine’s first curbside gtg-logo-greencomposting company, making composting so easy, you won’t even get your hands dirt. Garbage to Garden provides composting solutions for residential households, businesses, and events. Visit the Garbage to Garden booth to learn about how to reduce food waste in your household and for coloring activities for scribblers of all ages!

Goodwill-Logo-Hi-Res-e1409774439495The team from Goodwill Industries of Northern New England is excited to be a part of the ecomaine Open House event to share their message of sustainability. Visit their table for hands-on demonstrations on how to upcycle an old t-shirt into a cute DIY shopping tote with just a pair of scissors! It’s easy. Come by and get a DIY instruction sheet so you can make one of your own at home and learn about all the ways Goodwill works to prevent our goods from entering the waste stream, while creating jobs along the way!

Representatives from the ReStore discount retail outlet will share information about the donated new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture they collect and sell at greatly reduced prices to support Habitat for Humanity home building projects in the Greater Portland area.

Join our friends from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to learn how you can take advantage of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws, through which product manufacturers share in the responsibility of safe collection and recycling or disposal of their products and packaging. Representatives will also be taking ideas for possible new EPR laws to consider.

Maine Resource Recovery Association representatives are helping to make every Halloween #Recycleween. Visit their craft table chock full of recyclable resources just waiting to be up cycled into your favorite #Recycleween costume to take home!

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine’s environment, now and for future generations. NRCM staff will provide tips and tricks to reduce food waste at home and give teachers and students some ideas to tackle food waste at school.

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Meet the PaintCare staff to learn more about this convenient paint stewardship program and also learn where the nearest drop-off location for your unwanted or leftover paint is located.

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Ruth’s Reusable Resources is the premiere resource for recovered surplus and recycled classroom supplies and office furniture for Maine teachers and the public. Did you know that Ruth’s Reusables has a public store that anyone is welcome to shop, called the 4 Public Store? From office and school supplies to vintage and scrapbook supplies, the 4 Public Store has a very eclectic mix of items that are inexpensive as a penny. Come meet Ruth’s staff at ecomaine’s Annual Recycling Open House to learn more, or visit www.ruths.org for 4 Public store hours.

The SunriseGuide mission-based media company will be on hand with sample publications that help Mainers expand their knowledge of sustainability across a broad spectrum of subject matters that fuel the growth of the green economy in Maine. Their titles include The Sunrise Guide, the Green & Healthy Maine Visitor’s Guide, and the Green & Healthy Maine HOMES magazine in which ecomaine contributes guest columns twice annually.

Wayside representatives will be on hand to share information about how its Food Rescue Program diverted more than 800,000 pounds of edible food from the waste stream in 2016. Rescued food was distributed to 44 partner agencies throughout Cumberland County including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other social service agencies.

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Since 2011, We Compost It! has transformed over 20 million pounds of organics from restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools, and residences into nutrient-rich compost to grow tomorrow’s food and flowers.  WCI currently serves over 175 commercial composting partners in southern and coastal Maine.  WCI transforms food scraps into Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association-approved compost at it’s own state-of-the-art facility in Poland, Maine.  Visit the We Compost It! booth at ecomaine’s Annual Recycling Open House to learn more about you can compost at your home and workplace, and take home a sample of WCI’s high-quality compost.

Wormmaineia

Composting builds soil and conserves resources, but outdoor composting in cold weather is a challenge. Indoor composting with worms is a great solution. A WormMainea representative will demonstrate how easy it is to get started. In addition to a hands-on how to, you will learn how to build a worm bin for less than $15 and keep your bin trouble-free. We’ll also be raffling off 10 free vermicompost bins throughout the event.

Mark your calendars!

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If you have further questions about ecomaine’s Annual Recycling Open House, contact Communications Manager Lisa Wolff at 207-523-3108 or wolff@ecomaine.org.