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Guide to Recycling and Waste Diversion in the State of Maine

There’s a great opportunity to increase composting rates in Maine

A 2011 report published by the University of Maine found that the residential solid waste stream in Maine is composed of 43.28% organic materials and 25.57% paper products. This offers a great opportunity to increase residential composting rates in the state.

The report points out that 27.78% of the organics materials was actually compostable while other debris in this category, such as diapers and cat litter, is not. So overall, just over half of the solid waste stream is completely compostable.

The idea that residents of Maine could cut the waste stream in half is incredible. It would greatly reduce landfilling, along with helping to reduce greenhouse gases at landfills. Not to mention give you some free organic fertilizer for your lawn and garden.

Discounted composting bins are available from the Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA).

Burning construction and demolition (C&D) debris is legal, but with some caveats

The State of Maine allows for burning of C&D debris, but you must obtain a permit to do so. Here are a few of the rules regarding C&D burning in Maine:

  • You may only burn wood – no plastics, rubber, shingles, asbestos, insulation, cardboard, etc.
  • No treated, painted or stained wood can be burned. It releases toxic fumes.
  • The wood must be burned onsite. It cannot be brought in from different locations.
  • A permit must be obtained from the Town Forest Fire Warden, Forest Ranger, or local fire prevention official.

To haul away other types of C&D debris, call the Department of Environmental Protection at 1-800-452-1942 to find a licensed hauler in your area.

50% state recycling rate goal

The Maine legislature set a goal to achieve a 50% recycling and composting rate by 2014. It also has a goal of increasing this rate by 5% every two years thereafter.

The State hopes to accomplish these goals by promoting recycling statewide, increasing access to curbside recycling, switching most curbside recycling programs to single-stream, promoting the benefits of recycling and proposing legislation designed to increase recycling rates.

You can learn more about Maine’s solid waste rules, regulations and other information by visiting the Maine DEP website.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Maine

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.