September is a special kind of fun around ecomaine. With all the back-to-school rush comes a great opportunity for us to do some of our own education. Check it out…
Early in the month, there’s Portland Greenfest, which is now in the rearview mirror. Info, food, music, and hundreds of sustainability-minded neighbors getting together to celebrate all things green. We had a great time in Monument Square, talking about ecomaine, recycling, and waste-to-energy with lots of interested people. We’re already looking forward to next year – see you there!
We were also at USM’s Sustainability Fair, Rock the House home event at Thompson’s Point, and the National Drive Electric event at TideSmart in Falmouth event early in September, too. Lots of chances to talk about how to recycle right, and how ecomaine generates electricity from its 400,000 residents’ trash (even powering our electric car)!
Next up is the Common Ground Country Fair, from September 21-23 in Unity. Come see us and 60,000 of our closest friends to celebrate rural and agricultural living in Maine – including sustainable waste management! ecomaine is proud to provide the single-sort recycling container for the Fair, and to present to fair-goers on recycling and composting. Get there early to park close!
And of course, there’s ecomaine’s 2018 Open House! That’s on Saturday, September 29 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at our Recycling Plant. We’re currently deep in the planning and prep for this one, which will bring you THE BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICHES IN SOUTHERN MAINE (trademark?), tours of our facilities, kid’s activities, free recycling bins, free electronic waste collection, truck demos, plus info from our partner organizations in sustainability and appearances from Portland’s lineup of mascots: Slugger the Sea Dog, Crusher from the Red Claws, and Beacon the Puffin from the new Maine Mariners!
All the while, we’re going to start collecting applications for ecomaine’s School Recycling Grants program for students and teachers in our 73 member communities, we’re planning on attending the Maine Municipal Association conference in October, gearing up for a new season in our Maine Red Claws partnership (their 10th Anniversary season!), and we’re ALWAYS giving tours, updating our Recyclopedia, and helping our communities with resources and info.
So come on out and meet ecomaine!