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Ken Peavey
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'Environmental responsibility' and 'waste management' are not phrases that are typically found together. Nonetheless, a company in Portland, Maine is doing just that.

Ecomaine, according to the website www.ecomaine.org/, "provides comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally responsible, economically sound manner, and is a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies."

Founded in 1976, it has developed into a leading example of municipal recycling and waste stream reduction. A non-profit company owned by 21 communities, serving the needs of 25% of the state's population, they process 500 tons of waste every day. A single-stream recycling operation efficiently removes recoverable material. Unrecoverable material is used to fuel a Waste To Energy (WTE) electric power plant producing around 100k MW per year-enough to power 15000 homes. That's a lot of power.

I grew up in Bangor, Maine, just a couple blocks away from Frank Gallagher, a real good kid, used to play softball with him at the local park.
He just happens to be the Communications Director for Ecomaine. I'm going to see if I can get him to stop in and talk about all this.
 
Ben Plummer
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Neat! I'll have to ask the manager of the local transfer station where the single stream waste ends up.
 
Frank Gallagher
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What town do you live in? I might be able to tell off the top if my head, and I can definitely find out when I get to work tomorrow.

On another note, I'll be attending a national conference on WTE in Long Beach, CA, next week and getting an up-close look at some of the largest WTE facilities in the world. I'd be happy to ask some questions or bring back any other information anybody might like if there's an interest.
 
Ben Plummer
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I"m in Wiscasset.
 
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