Do you know where your trash goes when you throw it “away”? In reality, there is no “away” and most of the “waste” that fills dumpsters and trash bags isn’t waste at all— it’s a resource. In other words, these materials are not waste until they are wasted. In Maine, we recycle only about 40% of the waste we create, and there is a lot of work to be done.
NRCM Sustainable Maine Project Director Sarah Lakeman spoke in Blue Hill on Friday, March 11, to share how people in Maine are diverting waste from landfills, and how we can make the most of out of the resources we are wasting.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library
5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill
Blue Hill and other towns may see big changes in trash policy as companies vie for their waste. Sarah described what’s coming up and how Maine’s environment could get trashed. But, there are also opportunities to move Maine’s solid waste practices in the right direction, which Sarah discussed.
We bury many valuable, finite resources and leave fewer resources—and land—available for future generations. Landfills are not only wasteful, they also can emit mass quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere if they are not managed properly. Being less wasteful isn’t just the right thing to do; it also creates job opportunities through innovative methods of managing diverse materials and saves money for our municipalities. It’s a win-win-win.