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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.

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