BREWER, Maine — Residents who still have questions about the city’s new zero-sort recycling program can head to the ninth annual Brewer Days, which starts today and runs through Sunday, to learn about what can and cannot be recycled.
“Pretty much everything can be recycled, except for household kitchen waste,” Ken Locke, Brewer’s environmental services director, said Thursday.
Under zero-sort recycling, that pizza box, plastic rotisserie chicken container, cereal box and frozen food box can join the newspapers, milk jugs and steel cans that Mainers have recycled for decades.
Styrofoam cups, foam packing materials, plastic shopping bags, cling wrap, light bulbs, window glass, dishes and food waste are not recyclable, but basically everything else is, Locke said.
Brewer began curbside zero-sort recycling on July 1 and so far it has done very well.
“The popularity of this program is over the top,” Locke said. “Everybody that I’ve talked to is very happy.”
There has been a little confusion about when recycling is picked up and what containers to use, Locke said.
“They should put it out on the same day of trash during the first full week of the month,” he said.
Many residents have found that the standard, blue recycling containers are no longer big enough to hold all their recyclable materials, Locke said, adding that with “so much material, it makes sense to convert a trash can and plaster it with [recycling] stickers.”
Gail Fernald, a School Street resident, was seen placing her recycled items at the curb Thursday afternoon.
“I’m excited about it, but I need to get more organized,” she said.
A recycling education booth, which will have free recycling stickers, will be in the Brewer Auditorium parking lot during Brewer Days. The stickers also are available at public works headquarters, City Hall, the library, the wastewater treatment plant and the landfill, Locke said.
The three-day community celebration, officially named “Brewer Days, A Hometown Celebration,” will have more than two dozen activities, including sports, food, music, a carnival, cook-offs, classic cars and fireworks, all scheduled at the Brewer Auditorium, Doyle Field and the ice arena on Acme Road.
For more information on Brewer Days, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 989-5199 or visit www.Brewerme.org. Information about zero-sort recycling also is available on the website.
Brewer Days schedule
Friday, Sept. 10
• JV and Varsity Brewer High School boys soccer versus Waterville, 4-8 p.m., Doyle Field.
• Fifth annual Brewer Youth Hockey family barbecue, 5-7 p.m., Brewer Auditorium. Lobster dinner, $10, or hamburger dinner, $7.
• Citizens of the Year-Business of the Year, 6:30 p.m., Brewer Auditorium. Announced by Mayor Arthur Verow.
• Family street dance and block party, 7-9:30 p.m., auditorium parking lot. Music by disc jockey Dana Wilson.
• Fireworks, during the street dance, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11
• Brewer Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast, 7-9:30 a.m., Brewer Auditorium. $4, $2 children.
• Brewer farmers market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., auditorium parking lot.
• Brewer Youth Soccer League, kindergarten through grade eight, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Doyle and Maple fields.
• Second annual Brewer Historical Society yard sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., auditorium parking lot.
• Bike auction with Brewer Police Department, 9 a.m., auditorium parking lot.
• Children’s carnival and activities, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., auditorium parking lot. Face painting, inflatable slide, dunk tank, children’s games.
• Brewer Police and Fire department displays and demos, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., auditorium parking lot.
• JD Bros., acoustic light rock, 10-11:15 a.m., parking lot stage.
• Children’s pony rides, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., auditorium complex, $2.
• Fall cook-off entry deadline, 11 a.m., Brewer Auditorium. Categories: Apple dessert and chocolate chip cookies.
• Rodeo, country rock band, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., parking lot stage.
• Fall cook-off results announced, 1 p.m., Brewer Auditorium.
• 195th Army Rock Band, 1:15-2:30 p.m., parking lot stage.
• Children’s Money Grab, 2:30-3 p.m., Brewer Auditorium stage.
• Giant water slide with the Brewer Fire Department, 3-4 p.m., Doyle Field.
• Free public skate, 4-6 p.m., Penobscot Ice Arena, Acme Road.
Sunday, Sept. 12
• Third annual Brewer Days Car Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., auditorium parking lot. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 15. Music, food, prizes and children’s games.