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Bangor-Area Towns Face Daunting Solid Waste Decision This Year

Bangor-Area Towns Face Daunting Solid Waste Decision This Year

This is the year when 187 Maine towns and cities that have long sent their trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. incinerator in Orrington have to decide on their solid waste future.

Do they stick with the long-operating, electricity-producing incinerator, or opt for a first-of-its-kind, yet-to-be-built facility in Hampden that would separate out recyclables from the trash, convert much of the remaining waste to biogas and sell it to Bangor-area industrial consumers?

The Municipal Review Committee, the organization that has represented the towns’ waste disposal interests to PERC, favors the latter. The organization is seeking to secure enough municipal solid waste commitments before construction begins on the Hampden facility.

Continue reading at the Bangor Daily News

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