By Courtney Cortright WABI-TV news story Watch full news video. BELFAST, Maine (WABI) – In a school lunchroom, it’s common many students are eating sandwiches that mom or dad have wrapped in plastic and put in a brown paper bag. But, lunch at a Belfast elementary school looked a little different Thursday. Maila Demers, FoodCorps Read More
Plastic pollution in Maine is a more devastating problem than you may think. Plastic is present throughout the environment everywhere on earth. Maine is no exception. Plastic is polluting our waterways, coastlines, forests, and open spaces, choking wildlife, and making its way into the food web.
The sources of plastic pollution in Maine are unnervingly diverse, and the flow of plastic into the environment is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, it is increasing. The amount of plastic litter we can see is astounding, but even more worrisome is the staggering amount of plastic pollution we cannot see—so-called microplastic. A growing body of evidence is revealing plastic pollution’s devastating impact on our health and the environment.
NRCM is working hard to bring plastic pollution solutions to Maine. Together, we can reduce Maine’s impact on this catastrophic global problem and provide inspiration for others around the world.
by Nathan Strout, Times Record Staff Times Record news story WISCASSET — Renowned Wiscasset establishment Red’s Eats is ditching plastic straws for its 2019 season, and hopes to dump its other plasticware in the near future. “I have already purchased red (and) white paper straws for the opening of Red’s Eats and a couple of Read More
A product so cheap it can be thrown away is creating expensive problems. Portland Press Herald editorial Most people laughed in 1954 when the editor of a trade journal called Modern Plastics told an industry conference that the future of their business “is in the trash can.” But they weren’t laughing nine years later, when Read More
With 20 communities already restricting them, and more on the way, the state may take California’s environmental cue. by Gillian Graham, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story The way Rep. Nicole Grohoski sees it, the time has come to do something about plastic shopping bags. The first-term Democrat from Ellsworth is one of three Read More
Senator Carson, Representative Tucker, and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, my name is Sarah Lakeman and I am the Sustainable Maine Project Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). I appreciate this opportunity to speak to you in support of LD 289, LD 621, and LD 505. Read More
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story A proposal to bar city retailers from distributing single-use plastic shopping bags had its first airing Monday night before city councilors. The ban, if adopted, would add Ellsworth to the ranks of more than a dozen municipalities in Maine that have adopted restrictions on the Read More
by Deborah McDermott Seacoast Online news story YORK, Maine — A proposed ordinance banning polystyrene containers is heading to a public hearing on Feb. 11, and perhaps again on Feb. 25, as selectmen work to ensure the broadest number of people have an opportunity to comment on it — particularly the business community. The decision came Read More
Senator Carson, Representative Tucker, and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, my name is Sarah Lakeman and I am the Sustainable Maine Project Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). I appreciate this opportunity to speak to you in support of LD 102, An Act to Improve the Read More
By Michael Kelley Keep ME Current news story WESTBROOK — In an effort to reduce the amount of trash generated at the high school cafeteria and to help keep students from being hungry throughout the day, school staff last month introduced a Share Table. “The idea is to feed the students who may need extra Read More