Celebration of sustainability in waste management to focus on strategies on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting
ecomaine, Maine’s leader in single-sort recycling and sustainable waste management, has announced ecofest, its Earth Day celebration of sustainability in waste management.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at North Yarmouth’s Wescustogo Hall and Community Center, a solar-powered facility, and is designed as a community-oriented event with activities, giveaways, food, music, and more. More information is available at www.ecomaine.org/ecofest.
ecofest will have exhibitor and vendor tables with information and resources to help live more sustainably through waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting; giveaways and raffle prizes; recycling and compost bins; activities for kids of all ages; and food trucks!
“For those ecomaineiacs familiar with our annual Open House event, it will have some similar elements – just in a different location,” said ecomaine’s Director of Communications and Public Relations, Matt Grondin. “We want to be sure to take this opportunity to engage with Maine residents on Earth Day and do what we can to help increase public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies.”
The event will highlight the EPA’s and DEP’s solid waste hierarchy in different stations with exhibits and vendors that exemplify reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy, and landfilling, in addition to papermaking activities, games, giveaways, free recycling bins and compost pails (while supplies last), raffle prizes, and more.
“One additional element we’re excited for this year,” continued Grondin, “is a model of a store where visitors can learn about the power of consumer choices and the impact that Maine’s extended producer responsibility can have on the recyclability of packaging. Knowing that certain products are or are not recyclable can help consumers further upstream, before they get to their recycling bin.”
Partners in the event will include Goodwill of Northern New England, GoGo Refill, Ruth’s Reusables, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, Green & Healthy Homes Maine, PaintCare, WormMainea, Garbage to Garden, Agri-Cycle, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Standard Biofuels, Dental Lace, and more.