Nonprofit events taking place in any of ecomaine's communities can take advantage of our recycling bin loaner program at no cost. We provide the units (up to 100) and the collection bags; the nonprofit just has to pick up and return the units. We even take the recyclables at no charge. See rules & guidelines.
Contact Leo Maheu at email@example.com for more details or to make a reservation.
Up to $10,000 in School Recycling Grants from ecomaine
$5 Bounty on Thermostats Containing Mercury
Goodwill, Staples, and Best Buy will recycle your computer and related products at no charge. It doesn't matter what brand, where you bought it, or what condition. Staples and best Buy also take camcorders, digital cameras, shredders, mobile phones, GPS devices, and digital music players.
Don't throw it in the trash. Recycle it for free!
Instead of separating recyclables by type, simply combine all glass, metal, paper, cardboard, and plastics #1-7 into one recycling container. It's simple.
Click here for a list of recycling "Dos & Don'ts"
Can I recycle that?
With more than 120 recycling containers in 60 locations throughout southern Maine, ecomaine provides for convenient, energy-efficient disposal of recyclable materials, such as colored paper, old mail, newspapers, magazines, phone books, catalogs and paper bags. We also accept paperboard, glass, cans, aluminum and plastic.
Free adhesive-backed list of what is/is not recyclabl is available in quantity for community distribution; call 773-1738 to request.
CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps): click here for a list of Maine stores and other sites that will recycle your used light bulbs (posted 7/19/12; 66 KB)
Holiday Recycling Guidelines
Wrapping paper without foil
Cards & envelopes without foil
Cardboard & paperboard
Do NOT recycle these:
Ribbon (of any kind)
Winners of the 2012 silver bullet painting contest (Recycling is a Work of Art) are:
2010 eco-Excellence Awards
Great ideas and programs:2010 Awards (2.11MB)
2009 eco-Excellence Awards
Great ideas and programs: Award recipients (3.2 MB)
By Dr. Travis Wagner (851 KB)
After nearly two years of study, the 21 owner-municipalities of ecomaine voted on May 18, 2006 to bring single stream recycling to Maine. Single stream is leading-edge technology that eliminates the need to separate recyclables by category for collection. The many ripple-effect benefits are both economic and environmental and include: increased participation in recycling, less time for curbside collection, less idling time for trucks (resulting in less pollution), and fewer trips to the ecomaine recycling facility.
The single stream equipment and installation cost approximately $3.7 million and was operational in May of 2007. Funding came from reserves and earnings from the sale of recyclables.
For our member and associate communities, ecomaine provides large collection trailers (known as "silver bullets") for recycling by local residents. These trailers/containers are usually placed at transfer stations, large parking lots, or other easy-access locations to encourage recycling. ecomaine owns 120 recycling trailers (sometimes called "silver bullets"), which are placed within easy reach of about 20% of Maine's total population.
More single sort recycling information:
The ecomaine recycling facility is the largest in Maine. We recycle fiber (paper, paperboard, corrugated cardboard, newsprint), #1 through #7 rigid plastic containers, metal (tin, aluminum, steel), and glass. At the close of the 2010-2011 fiscal year ecomaine's recycling center had recycled 35,550 tons - a record for ecomaine.
Though much of the recycling tonnage would be valuable fuel for the waste-to-energy plant, the owner-communities and management of ecomaine are committed to making recycling their first priority. To continue the upward trend of recycling tonnage, ecomaine has dedicated two employees to recycling outreach among member and non-member communities.
Our recycling facility is located at 64 Blueberry Road, Portland (next to the waste-to-energy plant) and occupies the building originally built for baling solid waste in the 1970s. Trucks from all over southern Maine now stop here to unload recyclable materials. Because recyclables have value as a raw material, trucks are weighed before and after they drop off materials - the difference determines tonnage ecomaine has purchased.
While some ecomaine employees move materials with heavy equipment, others monitor conveyor belts and specialized sorting equipment as materials are sorted into homogeneous groups. Each group of like-materials follows a separate route through the building:
ecomaine continually monitors the fluctuation of market prices for each of its recyclable materials and communicates with potential buyers to ensure the best return for our communities.
ecomaine also reaches out to communities all over southern Maine, whether or not they are members, offering free assistance to schools and to recycling committees. School programs and presentations are part of our recycling education effort, as well as presentations and printed materials for adults.
For our member and associate communities, ecomaine also provides large collection trailers (known as "silver bullets") for recycling by individual residents. These trailers/containers are usually placed at transfer stations, large parking lots, or other easy-access locations and have been successful in increasing recycling. ecomaine owns 120 recycling trailers, which are placed within easy reach of about 20% of Maine's total population.
Additionally, ecomaine would like to encourage recycling in small businesses. Download a copy of A Guide to Recycling for Small Businesses. (PDF 163KB)