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Hey, Artists! You Can Still Enter Our Recycling Is A Work Of Art Contest!

This winning design came from, and was executed by, the kids at the One Tree Learning Center in South Portland, Maine.
This winning design came from, and was executed by, the kids at the One Tree Learning Center in South Portland, Maine.

By popular demand, we’ve extended the deadline for our annual ecomaine, “Recycling Is A Work Of Art,” contest – but only until Friday, April 24.

After that, if you still haven’t gotten your material to us, you’re out of luck.

So, if you’re an artist, or a student in an art class at any level, then go ahead and show us what you’d do with 22 feet of cold, hard steel and $500 worth of art supplies. This is your chance to see your work of art come to life – and our roll-off recycling containers get a lot of exposure.

Click on the link here to download the forms, and get them back to us by 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, and you could be seeing your art rolling down the highways and byways of southern Maine.

So What Happens to Your E-Waste After You Recycle It?

You know you can”t just toss an old tv, computer or cell phone in the trash, right?

Yeah, you do – that stuff”s gotta get recycled because it”s got a lot of metals and other materials inside that are potentially toxic.

But a lot of those metals are also valuable, which means there”s a market for them. The only question is, how to extract that material safely and responsibly?

So where does all that stuff end up?

Watch and learn.

And if you”d like to see some of these awesome magnets in action, then think about coming by for a tour. We use them to extract metal from the 40k-plus tons of casino online recycling we process through our single-sort facility, and the ash generated by our Waste-To-Energy plant.

One of the magnets we use here at ecomaine to extract metal from the thousands of tons of material we process each year. This one
One of the magnets we use here at ecomaine to extract metal from the thousands of tons of material we process each year. This one”s in our Waste-To-Energy plant, pulling metal out of the ash before it”s safely stored in the ashfill.

Hey, Augusta! Here’s How You Can Get A Free Recycling Bin!

You might have seen some coverage this morning in either the Kennebec Journal or the Portland Press Herald about the new, single-sort recycling program that’s starting up in Augusta.

ecomaine binsBut if you didn’t, here’s all you need to know: come to an event, and if you’re one of the first 25 people to come over and talk to one of our ecomaine staffers, we’ll give you a free, extra-large, 22-gallon recycling bin, just like the ones pictured on the left.

We’ve got a full slate of events planned to help introduce the Awesomeness that is Single-Sort Recycling to the people of Augusta, including one today. Check it out:

  • Presentation and Q&A sessions at the Augusta City Center on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • A kick-off event at Augusta Public Works on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • A presentation and Q&A session at the Lithgow Library on March 14, 2015; 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Presentations and Q&A sessions at Augusta City Center on March 17, 2015, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • An information table at Augusta Public Works on March 20, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • An information table at Augusta Public Works on March 27, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

recycling awesome kidSo come on down, say hello, and get yourself a free recycling bin. See ya there.

Hey, Augusta! Get A Free Recycling Bin From ecomaine!

With Single-Sort Recycling, you don't have to worry about sorting paper, plastic, metal and glass anymore! One bin unites them all!
With Single-Sort Recycling, you don’t have to worry about sorting paper, plastic, metal and glass anymore! One bin unites them all!

With the City of Augusta now officially on board with a new single-sort recycling program, we’re working with the community to get the word out about how it works.

“We think the people of Augusta will love single-sort recycling,” ecomaine Business Development Director Lissa Bittermann said. “With single-sort, people in Augusta will be able to recycle a much greater variety of materials, much more easily. With single-sort recycling, you don’t have to separate plastic from metal from paper from glass with a separate bin for each. It all just goes right into one bin, and we do the sorting at ecomaine.”

Currently, Augusta offers drop-off recycling for a limited roster of materials. With the new program, the city will offer single-sort recycling at Hatch Hill, the John Charest Public Works Facility on North Street and City Center, and dramatically increase the menu of materials that can be recycled. The City Center location will become available in the Spring when the snow melts.

So, where do all your single-sort materials end up? Here at ecomaine, on the tipping floor of our Single-Sort Recycling Facility, pictured above.
So, where do all your recyclables end up? Here at ecomaine, on the tipping floor of our Single-Sort Recycling Facility, pictured above.

With Augusta’s single-sort recycling program kicking off on Friday, March 6, we’ve put together a full slate of educational materials and outreach events designed to let people know how they can take full advantage of the new service. The outreach effort will include a kick-off event, community outreach booths, presentations, posters and other educational materials, as well as a significant social media component.

The outreach events include:

  • Presentation and Q&A sessions at the Augusta City Center on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • A kick-off event at Augusta Public Works on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • A presentation and Q&A session at the Lithgow Library on March 14, 2015; 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Presentations and Q&A sessions at Augusta City Center on March 17, 2015, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • An information table at Augusta Public Works on March 20, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • An information table at Augusta Public Works on March 27, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come to one of the events listed to the right, and you can get your hands on a free recycling bin, similar to the one this young man is holding.
Come to one of the events listed above and you can get your hands on a free recycling bin, similar to the one this young man is holding.

At each event, we’ll have staff on hand to explain how the program works, provide take-home informational materials and answer any questions you might have. In addition, the presentations will include a detailed explanation of how ecomaine’s single-sort recycling works and a virtual tour of ecomaine’s sorting facility in Portland.

And as a special bonus, the first 25 people at each event will receive free ecomaine recycling bins.

 

 

 

A New Member of the ecomaine Family!

august sealWe’d like to extend a hearty welcome to the City of Augusta to the ecomaine family – the city council there last night approved a measure allowing us to provide single-sort recycling services to the residents.

We’re really looking forward to helping the people who live and work in Augusta, Maine, to learn how to get the most out of their new, single-sort recycling system. It’s awesome, and you’re going to love it.

Why? Two big reasons.

8848168_sOne: it saves money. Every ton of material that you can recycle is a ton of material that doesn’t have to go into a landfill, saving you all the costs associated with that expensive option of last resort: tipping fees, clean-up costs, maintenance, etc., etc., etc.

Two: it saves money.

Oh, wait, we already said that, didn’t we …

All kidding aside, the second big reason is this: it’s a quick and easy thing you can do to make not just the world, but your community, a better place.

Plastic bags aren't good for wildlife.
Plastic bags aren’t good for wildlife.

Plastic, in all its forms, has a nasty habit of ending up where it shouldn’t be — our streets and parks and our water, for example — and single-sort recycling is a great way to help keep that material out of the our environment, where it can do tremendous damage.

So go ahead, Augusta! Just toss all that plastic — along with your newspapers, cardboard, tin cans and other recyclables — into the recycling bin.

We’ll take care of it.

EM What To Recycle Poster

Hey, Artists! Show Us What You Can Do With 22 Feet of Cold, Hard Steel …

Large Roll-off Recycling Container.
A large, roll-off recycling container. Gray. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

At ecomaine, we love local art.

And right now, we need some local artists to help us out.

We’ve got a fleet of large, roll-off recycling containers, most of which are currently painted a rather unappealing shade of battleship gray.

But we think they can be soooo much more. They can be beautiful. They can be provocative. They can be art.

One of the winning design from last year, courtesy of local artist Deb Barth.
One of the winning design from last year, courtesy of local artist Deb Barth.

Which is where you come in.

If you’d like the chance to turn one of these steel behemoths into a vibrant work of art, download the specs and guidelines here, sketch out your design and show us what you have in mind.

On April 6, our panel of blue-ribbon judges will announce the six winning designs, and we’ll buy the winners up to $500 worth of brushes, paints and other supplies to turn their vision into a glistening reality.

The deadline for your proposal is March 27, so go ahead, show us what you got.

And if you need some inspiration, you can see a gallery of the winning designs from last year here.

So what are you waiting for?

Augusta, Maine, Leans Toward Single-Sort Recycling …

This is by no means a done deal, but the City Councilors in Augusta seemed to like what they heard last night when we spoke to them about the benefits of Single-Sort Recycling.

Keith Edwards, writing for the MaineToday Media family of publications, detailed our presentation and the council’s reaction to it in a great piece you can read here.

So, all you folks in Augusta, or anywhere else for that matter – feel free to check out the materials we’ve posted here, which will help you learn more about what goes in the Blue Bin, and what goes in the garbage.

Here’s an example:

EM What To Recycle Poster

Nominate A Champion of Sustainability for the eco-Excellence Awards!

Judy Ingram, of Parsonsfield, (seated) won the 2014 ecomaine eco-Excellence Grand Prize. In 2013, Ingram emerged as an outstanding community volunteer with a strong emphasis on sustainable activities. As Parsonsfield's representative to SAD 55, she was instrumental in developing recycling programs in area schools, and particularly important to the effort in the Sacopee Valley Middle School.
Judy Ingram, of Parsonsfield, (seated) won the 2014 ecomaine eco-Excellence Grand Prize. In 2013, Ingram emerged as an outstanding community volunteer with a strong emphasis on sustainable activities.
As Parsonsfield’s representative to SAD 55, she was instrumental in developing recycling programs in area schools, and particularly important to the effort in the Sacopee Valley Middle School.

Every community has them – advocates for sustainability who lead by example, showing us how we can make change for the better where we live and work.

Maybe it’s a small business that’s changed the way they handle the waste that’s generated, or reduced their packaging.

Maybe it’s a resident, like Parsonsfield’s Judy Ingram (seated, left), who was out in front on the creation of a new recycling program.

Maybe it’s a teacher who’s showed generations of kids what sustainability means and why it’s important.

More often than not, these folks go unrecognized, taking their satisfaction from a job well done.

paper plantBut it doesn’t have to be that way – now you have a chance to help bring these champions of sustainability a measure of recognition in appreciation for their efforts: the 2015 ecomaine eco-Excellence Awards.

Any effort or activity undertaken in support of environmental sustainability is eligible for nomination, regardless of size or scope, and nominations can be made by either individuals or organizations. Self-nomination is also acceptable. Nominees, however, must live, work or be located in the municipality for which the award will be given, and that municipality must be one of ecomaine’s 53 owner or contract communities.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Jan. 23, 2014.

Nominees will be judged on their activity’s overall effectiveness, ability to increase awareness of green issues, community impact and ease of replication.

Nomination forms can be completed online here, or downloaded and submitted via fax or USPS mail by clicking here.

So let us know – who are the people in your community who have gone above and beyond when it comes to making a change for the better?

We want to make sure they’re not only recognized, but honored as well.

It’s the least we can do.

Nominate your community’s champion here.

 

Need Some Money for College? We Might Be Able To Help …

swanaLogoCollege, as we all know, can be very expensive, so every bit of funding that helps defray that cost can be critical.

Which is why we want you to know about — and apply for — the Solid Waste Association of North America‘s College Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is offered by SWANA’s Northern New England Chapter, and applications are limited to students from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The scholarship is available to undergraduate or graduate students who are committed to a degree tied closely to Solid Waste Management, Environmental Science, Engineering or a related field of study.

college-scholarshipsMost importantly, the deadline to apply for this funding is Jan. 15, 2016.

The award, known as the Steve Parker Memorial Scholarship, is offered in remembrance of Steve Parker, a founding member of the SWANA Northern New England chapter member and long-time member of SWANA’s International Board of Directors, who died tragically in 2004.

You can download an application here, and the Letters of Recommendation forms — here and here — and, remember, completed applications must be returned to us no later than Jan. 15, 2016.

Sharpen up those pencils and, if you’re eligible, don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

Questions? Direct them to Denise Mungen.

Good luck.