Maine Communities Share $2.9M in Waste Disposal Savings

David Bodamer, Executive Director, Content & User Engagement

February 5, 2014

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Maine Communities Share $2.9M in Waste Disposal Savings

A group of 21 communities near Portland, Maine reaped a $2.9 million windfall by reducing assessment fees. Portland reaps the biggest reward—about $572,000. With other communities taking in between $380,000 and $42.000.

But according to a report from the Bangor Daily News, the windfall could evaporate quickly.


Portland City Manager Mark Rees said the city is facing $300,000 in additional cuts over last year’s revenue sharing, and there’s a possibility the state will cut an additional $3 million.

“As such, this reduction in ecomaine assessments will probably be used to plug holes in next year’s operating budget,” Rees said.

That sentiment was repeated by managers throughout the area.

In Scarborough, the town stands to gain $305,000 in savings from ecomaine, but lose $500,000 in revenue sharing, according to Town Manager Tom Hall.

The assessment fees were originally created to help offset long-term debt of ecomaine, a nonprofit agency that handles solid waste for Portland and other surrounding communities. That debt was paid off last year. The agency’s board of directors voted unanimously about a month ago to eliminate the fees, according to the Morning Sentinel.

Overall, ecomaine handles about 25 percent of the state’s garbage, according to WCSH6. 

About the Author(s)

David Bodamer

Executive Director, Content & User Engagement, Waste360

David Bodamer is Executive Director of Content & User Engagement for Waste360 and NREI. Bodamer joined Waste360 in January 2014. He has been with NREI since September 2011 and has been covering the commercial real estate sector since 1999 for Retail Traffic, Commercial Property News and Shopping Centers Today. He also previously worked for Civil Engineering magazine. His writings on real estate have also appeared in REP. and the Wall Street Journal’s online real estate news site. He has won multiple awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and is a past finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award. 

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