Municipal Recycling Progress Report
Municipalities are required to report to Maine DEP every two years on their solid waste management and recycling practices (38 M.R.S. § 2133.7). Municipalities can use the information from this report to assess their progress toward achieving a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) recycling rate of 50%. This 50% is a statewide goal, not a municipal-specific goal. However, decisions and actions on the local level contribute to the overall statewide MSW recycling rate.
The next biennial recycling progress report is due April 30, 2023 and will require solid waste management information from your municipality for calendar years 2021 and 2022.
This municipal report is separate from the annual reports submitted to DEP by permitted solid waste facilities such as transfer stations. This report form should not be sent to your solid waste facility to be completed but should be completed by a municipal official such as a Town or City Manager, Administrator, or Selectboard Member.
Resources for Regional Solid Waste Facilities
Regional solid waste facilities are an important source of information for Maine municipalities working on their recycling progress reports. The documents below are intended to help regional solid waste facilities provide municipalities with better data on their solid waste management.
- The “Regional Facilities Apportioning MSW” spreadsheet may be used to quickly and easily divide up the total tons of MSW trash and recycling managed by your facility amongst the municipalities that use the facility based on population. This allows facilities to provide municipalities with a rough estimate of their MSW trash and recycling tonnage.
- Detailed instructions for apportioning solid waste activities based on population, property values, and other factors are provided in the “Regional Solid Waste Facility Guidance” document.
- The “Hauler Data Request” document provides another option for collecting data on where the materials delivered to a facility were generated.
Please contact Megan Pryor 207-314-3357 for assistance with municipal recycling progress reports.