In Maine, computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment are considered “e-waste” because they contain a high concentration of toxic materials. Such items are no longer allowed in landfills. Contact your town office to find out where you can dispose of these items safely—much of the material can be recycled by the manufacturer. To view more 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
Ask retailers about their energy policies, whether they use toxic-free cleaning products, recycled paper, and other questions that let them know their customers want them to be as environmentally friendly as possible. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Styrofoam cannot be recycled and is difficult to compress, so it takes up a lot of landfill…
Talk to the manager at your gym about ways to make the facility “greener”—energy saving light bulbs and recycling bins are a great way to start. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
If you receive something you really don’t need, “regift” it by passing it on to someone who can use it. Be careful not to offend, but keep in mind keeping a gift you don’t need is wasteful. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here. Read More
The EPA reports that about 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Since even rechargeable batteries end up in the waste stream at some point, give gifts that don’t require batteries. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here. 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
By Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer Sun Journal news story While recycling in Maine is in the dumps with a tough market and a need for recycling education, there’s a bright spot: Maine’s 40-year-old bottle bill. The bin collecting bottles and cans is in many Maine kitchens. Mainers have been paying deposits and religiously returning cans Read More