sets recycling record
Ecomaine has announced that it has broken
its own recycling record by processing more than 66.8 million
pounds of material in one year (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010).
The nonprofit’s previous record of 61.4 million pounds was established
just last year.
Ecomaine’s newly elected chairman of the board of directors is
Portland director of public services Michael Bobinsky.
The financial strain felt by most municipalities has been one
reason for the increase. “Recycling is free at ecomaine,” explained
Bobinsky, “but trash disposal is billed to the municipality by
the ton, so the more recyclables removed from trash, the less
money a town must devote to trash disposal.” As a result, many
communities have increased efforts to promote recycling.
“Another reason for the increase in recycling,” he added, “is
that our single-sort technology has greatly simplified recycling.”
As a result, ecomaine believes citizens who have not recycled
in the past are beginning to participate and those who have been
recycling all along are doing more.
To encourage recycling, ecomaine posts monthly recycling statistics
for each town on its website (www.ecomaine.org). Of its 39 participating
communities, the one with the best recycling average at the end
of fiscal year 2010 was North Yarmouth at 48.02 percent.