OGUNQUIT, Maine — The town of Ogunquit is terminating its contract with ecomaine, a nonprofit waste management company owned and operated by 21 municipalities in southern Maine.
The contract will be terminated June 30, 2014, because ecomaine requires a full fiscal year of notice, which was filed March 15, 2013.
Town Manager Tom Fortier announced at a Select Board meeting Tuesday, May 7, that Ogunquit has reduced its waste significantly over the past few years due to an increase in recycling and staying with ecomaine is no longer financially sensible for the town.
“It’s not that ecomaine is not a good operation,” Fortier said, explaining that as a part-owner of the facility located in Portland, Ogunquit pays 3 percent of facility fees and until recently was paying $88 per ton for waste removal.
Fortier said a couple years ago the average was 1,200 tons per year and now Ogunquit only has approximately 570 tons of garbage per year.
Fortier estimated that the cost reduction would be approximately half or $40 per ton as a free agent rather than part of ecomaine, and said he is confident Ogunquit will see significant reduced prices “and a free market” with waste removal.
John Fusco, manager at the transfer station, said the contract termination will be good for Ogunquit.
“A lot of people will be willing to take it,” Fusco said. “We should have no trouble.”
Selectman Dave Barton said he is proud of Ogunquit residents for reducing their waste and for being proactive with the recycling movement.
“I’m proud of the fact that we have gotten to where we are,” Barton said.
In other board news, Scott Heyland was introduced as the new code enforcement officer for Ogunquit after being unanimously voted in by selectmen.
Heyland, a resident of Wells with experience in both commercial and residential building, said he is very excited about serving the town of Ogunquit.
He will start the position next Monday, May 13.