ROCKLAND — Opponents to a mandatory pay-per-bag trash disposal law collected far more signatures than needed in fewer than two weeks to ask residents at referendum in November to repeal the ordinance approved in City Council.
ORONO — While the Department of Environmental Protection considers an application from the Municipal Review Committee to open an integrated solid waste and recycling facility with a landfill in Penobscot County, the MRC board heard a presentation Wednesday from technology vendor Fiberight.
CRANSTON — Every residence gets two 65-gallon durable wheeled plastic containers in the city’s new “automatic trash collection” system. Each has a serial number and is only intended to be a loaner to a particular residence.
Compost has long been the domain of farmers and gardeners, not city-folk, but with both Vermont and Massachusetts pushing ahead with bans on throwing away food waste, curb-side pickup of compost is set to become more commonplace.
Bridgewater -- With a shout of “BLT!” as lunchtime peaks at the historic Bridgewater Village Store, chef Damian Krieg is doing pretty much the same thing he’s done for more than seven years – cranking out sandwiches, dishing up fresh soups and serving a changing array of specials.
The Sustainability Division at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection is offering free workshops to encourage the recovery of food scraps and the beneficial reuse of those materials either through composting, anaerobic digestion or other applications. 40 percent of Maine's municipal solid waste is organics and could be diverted from a landfill and beneficially reused.