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NEW!! Attention Municipalities: 2011 Annual Solid Waste Management Report for Municipalities and DEP licensed Transfer Stations and Landfills (PDF 387KB) (Word 419KB), Cover Letter (PDF 108KB), Instructions (PDF 186KB)
2010 Solid Waste Generation and Disposal Capacity Report (published Jan. 2012) (PDF 181KB) Report with Information and data on the types and quantities of municipal solid waste generated in Maine in 2010 and the management of those wastes.
2011 Annual Report of the Solid Waste Management Advisory Council (PDF 84KB)
Check out the Northeast Recycling Council's (NERC) "Waste Reduction, Recycling & Composting in Schools" website.
Plastics Recycling Primer - (PDF 1.2 MB) a helpful look at the various plastics and plastic products found in our waste stream with a focus on: identifying the various resin types; the need for resin separation; guidance on processing and marketing of collected plastics; and, other issues of interest.
Waste Management and Recycling Program
The Maine State Planning Office is directed by the Legislature to develop state policies that promote a balance between economic growth and natural resource conservation. To fulfill that charge within the scope of its mission, the Waste Management and Recycling Program continues to ensure sufficient land disposal capacity within our borders to meet the needs of today’s waste management system and the economy that depends upon it. At the same time, we encourage the development of waste-to-resource systems that reduce waste destined for disposal, with the dual aims of alleviating our impacts on Maine’s health and environment and enhancing Maine’s economy and quality of place.
The state has made significant progress in reducing, reusing, and recycling its municipal solid waste.
Nearly 100% of the state’s unlicensed, unlined, substandard landfills have been capped and closed, significantly reducing their impacts on Maine’s environment.
Recycling Workshop Materials
Safe Options for Disposal of Unused and Expired Medicine
Permanent drop off locations have been set up across the State. Please see Kennebec Journal article from April 11th.
Compact Fluorescent Recycling Program
Efficiency Maine, a program through the Efficiency Maine Trust, is a statewide effort to promote more efficient use of electricity and improve Maine's environment. They encourage retailers to participate in recycling of CFL blubs. Please visit this Efficiency Maine website for a list of retailers where you can bring your used (unbroken) CFLs for safe recycling. Note: CFL bulbs must be recycled and cannot be disposed of in the trash because they contain small amounts of mercury.
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