ecomaine is pleased to announce the launch of an all-new educational curriculum designed to provide participants with six months of information, activities, and background to certify them as ‘Master Recyclers.’
Following a recent fire at ecomaine sparked by an improperly-disposed-of lithium-ion battery - in which, thankfully, no one was hurt - ecomaine hosted Sean Plasse, Regional Program Manager from Call2Recycle, for a webinar to discuss battery safety, disposal, and messaging.
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We at ecomaine pride ourselves on our education, outreach, and increasing awareness of sustainable waste management strategies. This week has been full of highlights of such activities, and I’m pleased to share a few of them with you here.
Portland-based recycling and waste manager to celebrate leaders in sustainability from across Maine
Following America Recycles Day on November 15, ecomaine announced more than $18,500 in grant funding to 10 recipients of its 2020-21 School Recycling Grants, which are designed to raise recycling awareness in schools and communities, and to help schools implement more efficient recycling programs or add composting to their waste collection.
The solid waste industry has been challenged in recent months in Maine and elsewhere by fluctuating markets, the COVID-19 pandemic, and evolving packaging materials. ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche presented, as part of a panel discussion, on the efforts by Maine’s leader in single-sort recycling and waste-to-energy to promote more sustainable policies and strategies to divert waste from Maine’s landfills.
Maybe you’ve heard this over the last couple of years, but what we all put in our recycling bin actually matters a lot. And now, during a pandemic, it matters even more. Since about 40% of the global supply chain depends on post-consumer materials, yesterday’s office memo and home delivery cardboard box are tomorrow’s toilet paper, box of tissues, or yet another box from the Post Office, UPS, or FedEx.
Katherine Bender of Falmouth High School upcycled old clothing into new hair accessories; wins grand prize for FHS
ecomaine, Maine’s leader in sustainable waste management, welcomed news of broad federal focus on importance of residential recycling to global manufacturing industry