AUGUSTA, Maine — A University of Maine study says Maine is falling short of its goal of recycling at least 50 percent of the trash going to state landfills.
A recent survey of 17 communities concluded that as much as 60 percent of what’s thrown in the trash could have been either recycled or composted.
Graduate student Travis Blackmer told Maine Public Broadcasting Network that a team picked through bags of trash to categorize what was being thrown away. The study concluded that about 40 percent was waste, 40 percent could have been composted and 20 percent could have been recycled.
The study, commissioned by the State Planning Office, aims to educate communities about the value of reducing waste by quantifying what’s being thrown away.