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Maine Committee Extends Waste Contract Deadline for Some Communities

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has approved draft permits for the $69 million MRC-Fiberight waste-to-energy plant. And now the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) has extended the deadline for some communities that are still considering the new 15-year waste contract with the plant.

The towns of Blue Hills, Bucksport and Surry will have until July 30 to make a decision and regional waste cooperative Mid-Coast Solid Waste Corp. will have until August 30.

Bangor Daily News has more:

Some communities have been given more time to sign trash contracts and be eligible to share in future profits of the Municipal Review Committee’s Fiberight plant in Hampden.

The MRC board held a special meeting in Orono Monday and decided to extend the already-past June 30 deadline to certain municipalities to sign on as founding members of the MRC-Fiberight waste processing plant. The towns of Blue Hill, Bucksport and Surry will now have until July 30 to decide and the Mid-Coast Solid Waste Corp. — a regional waste cooperative serving Lincolnville, Camden, Hope and Rockport — will have until Aug. 30.

Communities that sign a founding member 15-year contract to send trash to the Fiberight facility will be entitled to share in the facility’s profits in the form of rebates.

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