Maine Resource Recovery Association

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Many Maine communities have pared back or dropped recycling programs in an effort to guard workers from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Some big supermarkets have also curtailed in-store redemption efforts. To accommodate these moves, Gov. Janet Mills has ordered that the state ease enforcement of some recycling rules.

Local recyclers are facing financial and logistical challenges brought on by a lack of global demand.

On Jan. 1, China banned 24 kinds of recyclables it used to import. That ban affects material sales for organizations like ecomaine.

General manager Kevin Roche says moving waste like residential paper is more costly than it was last year.

The Future of Recycling

Oct 13, 2016
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Ever-increasing demand for dealing with compost, plastic bags and other trash call for new methods and approaches to recycling across Maine.

Guests: Kevin Roche, CEO of Ecomaine

Shelby Wright, Maine Resource Recovery Association

Tyler Frank, founder of Garbage to Garden