Solid Waste Management Page

Table of Contents (scroll down):
  • Problem Waste: Plastic Bags
    • ​Roundtable presentation and notes
  • Recycling
    • ​Article
    • Lakes Region 2015 Figures
    • Roundtable notes
  • Food Waste and Composting
    • ​Trivia
    • Presentations from roundtable session
  • Electronic Waste
    • ​E-Waste Items and Figures
    • Roundtable notes
  • Universal Waste
    • ​Best Practices
    • Roundtable presentation and notes
  • ​Solid Waste
    • Roundtable presentation and notes

With USDA funding, the Lakes Region Planning Commission is developing a series of technical training for solid waste managers and local officials. Information on these sessions and associated resources are posted here.


 


Problem Waste: Plastic Bags

Our most recent rountable discussion involved issues of plastic bags contaminating the recycle stream at transfer stations and some ideas of solutions. Check out the presentation and notes from this event:

Recycling:


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Is Recycling Broken? by Elizabeth Daigneau - An article published by Governing Magazine.


Click the link below to find out recycling figures for your town in 2015:
2015 Recycling Figures



Check out the topics of conversation at our most recent roundtable event on recycling in Lakes Region communities:
Recycling Roundtable Notes




Food Waste and Composting:
 



















How much do you know about food waste? (see answers at bottom of section)

1) In 2010, the USDA reported that Americans wasted about what percentage of fruits and vegetables they had bought?
     a) 15%
     b) 25%
     c) 35%
     d) 45%

2) In 2014, Americans generated about how many million tons of food waste?
     a) 2 million
     b) 38 million
     c) 62 million
     d) 72 million

3) True or False? Food makes up the greatest percentage of any other material in our everyday trash.



On May 25, 2017 the Solid Waste Roundtable hosted Mark King from the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Maine Compost School. Below is a link to his presentation. Melanie Doiron of the NH Department of Environmental Services addresses some questions and concerns about state rules and regulations. Below is a link to a recent presentation on the subject.
​​​Answers:
1)   c) 35%
2)   b) 38 million tons
3)   True.
 More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, constituting 21.6 percent of discarded municipal solid waste.


Electronic Waste:

LRPC researched E-Waste disposals, pricing, and vendors for our 30 communities. We found a great deal of variation, leading to good group discussion. Below are links to a few things found.
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Universal Waste: Tara Albert's Feb. 16, 2017 Universal Waste Presentation from DES- Woman giving a presentation Woman giving presentation

Solid Waste:
Below are links to powerpoints presented at our latest Roundtable Meeting (3/2017).