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Committee of Oakland, Maine, Transfer Station Sets Goal to Increase Recycling

Committee of Oakland, Maine, Transfer Station Sets Goal to Increase Recycling

Oakland Transfer Station is looking for ways to boost recycling, such as integrating a dual stream recycling system.

The State of Maine had a goal to recycle or compost 50 percent of its total municipal solid waste tonnage by January 1, 2014, but in 2015, the City of Oakland, Maine, only had a recycling rate of 15.49 percent, hurting the chance of the state reaching and maintaining its recycling goal.

In an effort to help the state reach its recycling goal, Oakland Transfer Station is looking for ways to boost recycling, such as integrating a dual stream recycling system.

CentralMaine.com has more information:

As the Transfer Station committee stood in front of the tipping pad at the end of a tour of the station, a man backed his pickup truck in.

He unloaded a few blue garbage cans onto the ground and some flattened cardboard boxes, and drove away.

Town Manager Gary Bowman looked at the cardboard and shook his head.

“All this stuff could generate a revenue to the taxpayers,” he said. “And instead we’re gonna pay to have it hauled off.”

This is the problem the committee faces as it moves to its next goal: more recycling.

Read the full story here.

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