Joined Jun 23 2010
I have been a Carroll County resident for nearly 17 years; a place where I continue to enjoy raising my two children. However, I am deeply concerned over the proposed incinerator plan, which includes dumping toxic ash at the Northern Landfill (less than 2 miles from my home!), and which will come at an enormous price tag for Carroll citizens (both in dollars and in environmental consequences).
In 1991, while a student at University of Maine, I had the wonderful experience of working for the state government's Maine Waste Management Agency. During that time, I participated in Maine's expansion of its Bottle Bill, its ban on asceptic packaging (at that time it was considered non-recyclable), sat in on meetings with the Dept. of Transportation and other state agencies to discuss the increased use of recyclable materials in roadways and in the workplace, visited a materials recovery facility in Rhode Island (where recyclables were sorted and distributed to various markets), and observed a pilot program where recycled phone books where shredded for animal bedding. Although I am not familiar with the current state of Maine's waste management efforts, my experience taught me that there are many ways to significantly and cost-effectively reduce the waste stream--ways that don't include the costly and unsafe alternative of burning our trash!
I am so grateful for the creation and efforts of Waste Not Carroll to keep us informed on this very serious issue, and to lead the way in stopping a very bad plan.