2010 News and Events

Recycling Records

News: Every month for 12 months (PDF 199KB)

2011 eco-Excellence Awards

View nomination information (PDF 501KB)

Deadline for entries: Friday, February 18

ecomaine’s 2010 Open House Photos

See photos from our September 25th Open House (856 KB).

New ecomaine Leadership Elected

Date: Friday, June 18, 2010

Contact: Shelley Dunn, Communications Specialist (207.773-1738)

Portland Director of Public Works Michael Bobinsky was elected ecomaine chairman of the board following the completion of Windham Town Manager Tony Plante’s term in that position. Cape Elizabeth Town Manager Michael McGovern was elected vice chairman, South Portland City Manager James Gailey was elected Treasurer, and Gray resident Gary Foster was elected secretary. ecomaine’s general manager is Kevin Roche.

ecomaine, a municipally-owned and operated recycling and waste disposal concern serves 39 communities and has an annual budget of $25 million.

Four New Recycling Records Set

Date of Release: January 12, 2010

ecomaine, a non-profit, municipally owned waste management corporation, has broken four significant recycling records:

  • Most tons received in one day: 205 on January 4, 2010
  • Most tons received in one month: 3,199 in December 2009
  • Most bales of newspaper created in one day: 85 on December 24, 2009
  • Highest monthly recycling percentage from owner-communities’ combined waste stream: 31% for December 2009

ecomaine Chairman of the Board of Directors and Windham Town Manager Tony Plante said, “These new records really show the public’s commitment to recycling.  Even in this economy, with spending and consumption down, and, therefore, lower volumes of trash, people have really made recycling part of their routine, especially where curbside and single-sort recycling are being done.”

Troy Moon, chairman of the ecomaine Recycling Committee and the City of Portland’s Solid Waste Manager, noted that the residents of ecomaine’s 21 owner communities have realized that “recycling  helps lower the cost of  their municipality’s waste disposal. Cities and towns don’t have to pay anything to dispose of recycling, but there is a fee for trash –that’s been an economic incentive.”

Moon said ecomaine continually educates the public about recycling and encourages recycling through annual eco-Excellence Awards, facility “open house” events, pamphlets, articles, and community meetings. “Though our communities have done a good job, we’re always looking for new ways to encourage more recycling.”

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