Maine Lawmakers Seeking to Reduce Waste with Composting Bill

March 23, 2015

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Maine Lawmakers Seeking to Reduce Waste with Composting Bill

There's a better place for all those eggshells, coffee grounds, and muffin stumps. That's the gist of a bill before the legislature that seeks to encourage the composting or transformation of organic waste, instead of having those items chucked into the bin.

"Organic waste when it's put in the landfill, will just decompose and it releases greenhouse gases such as methane gas," says Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, "There's really no good reason for it to be in there, because it could go to much better use being composted or being used for energy."

LD 659, presented by Democratic Representative Joan Welsh of Rockport, and co-sponsored by Republican Senator Tom Saviello of Wilton, notes that the State of Maine failed to meet its own goal of recycling 50% of its solid waste by 2014, a goal set back in 1989.

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