PORTLAND, Maine — The Penobscot County towns of Carmel, Etna and Newburgh are the latest to contract with ecomaine to provide single-sort recycling services, starting the week of July 1.
“We’re proud to have been selected to provide this service to the people of Carmel, Etna and Newburgh,” ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche said. “With single-sort recycling, where all recyclable materials go into a single bin, recycling becomes easier, and the recycling rate tends to go up as a result. That’s good for the people of these towns and the people of Maine.”
Under the terms of the contract with ecomaine, the towns will receive single-sort service for three years at no cost for the processing of the material.
With single-sort recycling, also known as zero-sort recycling, all recyclable materials — including paper, newspaper, paperboard, cardboard, aluminum cans, foil and pie plates, tin cans, glass and plastics — can be placed into a single bin. The materials are sorted by ecomaine at the state’s only single-sort Recycling Facility, located in Portland.
Program kick-off events are planned in each of the communities. Free recycling bins will be given away to the first 100 people at each event and ecomaine staff will be on site to answer questions and hand out reference materials about the new service.
Events are as follows:
— Carmel, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at the Carmel Town Hall, 1 Safety Lane.
— Etna, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Etna Town Hall, 17 Shadow Lane.
— Newburgh, 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at the Newburgh Town Hall, 2220 Western Ave. The nonprofit’s staff also will have an information table at Newburgh Days on July 12.
Ecomaine is a nonprofit, recycling and waste-to-energy operation that serves 25 percent of the state’s population. It is owned by 21 southern Maine communities and is located in Portland.