Maine K-12 schools generate an estimated seven million pounds of food waste annually (1). That is a staggering amount for our small state, and it reflects the larger, global food waste problem. At home, almost one-third of the garbage Mainers throw out is food waste and scraps. Meanwhile, one in five Maine kids may not Read More
We are all familiar with the challenges of using plastic cutlery. These utensils notoriously fail at the only task they are made for: cutting and picking up food. In addition, they create a lot of single-use trash, are not recyclable, and there are reusable options. In recent years, schools have brought plastic cutlery into lunchrooms. Read More
Reduce food waste by creating a compost bin in the kitchen at your office. Coworkers can take the bin home and add it to their own compost piles. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Leaves are a great component of compost—shred and mix in a few heaps to your compost bin. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Help your local school go green! Propose recycling programs, composting, and energy saving at the PTA meetings. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine was pleased to again participate in ecomaine’s annual recycling Open House and e-waste collection event on Saturday, September 29 at their location at 62 Blueberry Road, Portland (just off Exit 46 of I-95 near the Portland International Jetport). The morning included: Tours of ecomaine’s facilities Free electronic waste (e-waste) collection Read More
If your compost pile has an offensive odor, it may need more carbonaceous material. Try covering it with a thick layer of straw, hay, wood chips, or dead weeds. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Environmental Club members have continued to work toward consistent cafeteria composting at Hall-Dale Middle School, but not without encountering challenges along the way. Our original farmer had a very busy schedule—between taking care of his animals and picking up food waste from others around town, he could not always get to us in a timely Read More
The program is made possible through a grant from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Through a grant from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Hall-Dale Middle School students are starting a composting program in their school cafeteria to reduce food waste, according to a news release from the council. Middle school students in the Read More