GLENBURN, Maine — The town’s five-member recycling committee is undertaking an effort to find out how its residents can be more efficient when it comes to disposing of their garbage.
For years, Glenburn has offered curbside pickup of recyclables and has managed to consistently recycle 12 percent of the solid waste generated there, according to town officials.
But a campaign is under way to improve that number. Officials are aiming for a recycling rate of 22 percent. They hope to achieve their goal by finding new ways to encourage residents to recycle more, in addition to increasing the number of households that recycle.
To do this, Glenburn recently distributed a survey to residents through its school newsletter, its town office and at local businesses. The survey asks about disposal habits and offers a space for suggestions on how the town can improve its recycling services.
The effort is being partially financed by a small grant from the Maine State Planning Office and its Waste Management and Recycling Program.
Recycling has increased statewide in recent years. As a result, the State Planning Office has increased the amount of funds available to municipalities for the implementation of campaigns such as the one being undertaken in Glenburn.
“Municipalities have been providing recycling and composting services for their residents and businesses for over 20 years and this grant program recognizes those commitments and is aimed at helping improve those services,” Tim Glidden, the acting director of the State Planning Office, told the Bangor Daily News last week.
Glenburn hopes to achieve its goal of a 22 percent recycling rate within the next year.