For Immediate Release
May 30, 2019
Media Contact: Matt Grondin
PORTLAND, Maine – At its Annual Summit, the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) recognized ecomaine for its efforts to improve solid waste management through regionalization, environmental and economic sustainability, and public outreach.
“GPCOG has a legacy of doing great things together,” said GPCOG Board President Jerre Bryant. “An example of that is the work of ecomaine. It’s not just that ecomaine exists to provide the region with safe waste disposal and recycling systems; it’s that it does its work with such a high level of professionalism and efficiency, employing state-of-the-art technology as a model to other agencies in the region.”
“It is an honor to accept this award for ecomaine – not just on behalf of one organization, or my own town of Harrison, Maine,” said ecomaine Board Chair Matthew Frank. “But for an entire group of towns who have chosen to collaborate and address waste management together.”
The award from GPCOG follows more than a year of challenges in the recycling markets, but ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche said that ecomaine is committed to its recycling program, and is optimistic for the future of the industry, because of the organization’s long-term view and its work to regionalize sustainable waste management. He said, “our leadership, including some of the people in this room, take the long view, over multiple years – sometimes decades – to see what is best for our communities’ environmental and economic well-being, and will not take the short cut because of a single year of challenging markets.”
In addition to the plaque presented to Frank and Roche at the Summit, GPCOG will also plant a tree on ecomaine’s campus as a natural symbol of the two organization’s mutual strength and growth.
ecomaine is the Portland-based nonprofit, recycling and waste-to-energy operation that serves a third of the state’s population in more than 70 member communities. ecomaine provides comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally responsible, economically sound manner, and is a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies.
About the Greater Portland Council of Governments:
The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is composed of 26 member municipalities, stretching from Casco Bay to western Cumberland County. Since 1969, GPCOG has been an instrument of and for communities, helping cities and towns help one another.
Photo of GPCOG President Jerre Bryant (right) presenting the President’s Award to ecomaine Board Chair Matthew Frank (center) and ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche (left) courtesy of Tom Bell & the Greater Portland Council of Governments.