Informational Meeting in Woolwich on ecomaine August 23
The Woolwich Solid Waste, Recycling and Composting Committee is hosting a public informational meeting Wednesday, August 23, at 5 pm to discuss a new proposed contract with both ecomaine and Riverside Disposal. Riverside has been hauling Woolwich’s solid waste and recycling to ecomaine in Portland for the last year and ecomaine is offering a longer-term contract. A Special Town Meeting is needed to change the contract and a vote has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, at 5:00 pm to consider multi-year contracts with both organizations.
Committee chair Jonathan Appleyard hopes the meeting will answer questions about ecomaine in general and, more specifically, the reasons why the committee is proposing a longer-term contract. He recently visited the ecomaine facility and came away impressed with ecomaine’s commitment to service. “ecomaine’s goals of reducing trash, lowering costs of disposal, and caring for our environment supports the mission of the Town Committee,” he said, encouraging all residents to attend the meeting.
Lissa Bittermann, Business Development Manager for ecomaine, plans to speak briefly about ecomaine, its recycling and rebate program, and then describe ecomaine’s Waste-to-Energy (WTE) operations. ecomaine’s WTE plant, which opened in 1989, not only reduces the non-recyclable waste it receives by 90% in volume, it also generates over 100,000 megawatt-hours of electricity each year (enough to power their facilities and 15,000 homes for a year).
Earlier this year, ecomaine had approached the Town with a proposal for a new 10-year contract. In light of having landed several large contracts for disposal at its Portland facility, ecomaine has been suggesting Towns consider longer term contracts in order to guarantee that there is room at its plant to dispose of municipal waste and recycling. ecomaine predicts that in the not-so-distant future, disposal options in the state of Maine will become more limited.
A 10-year contract, which is what ecomaine is proposing, holds the tipping fees for solid waste at the Town’s current price of $58.72/ton plus an annual CPI-U increase for the next three years, at which time it would increase to $70.50 plus 3 years’ worth of accumulated and deferred CPI-U increases. The tipping fee for the remaining years of the contract would then continue to rise from the $70.50 tipping fee plus annual CPI-U. A less than 10-year contract would not guarantee these prices, which are substantially lower than what the Town was paying for its solid waste disposal on its previous contract with another vendor.
The public information meeting is Wednesday, August 23 at 5 pm at the Woolwich Town Office. For more information, contact the Town Administrator Suzette Cloutier, firstname.lastname@example.org, 442-7094, or Jonathan Appleyard, 389-4292.