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St. George, Maine
Population: 2,693
Bottle Bill: Yes
Funding: General fund
Households Served: 1,200
Truck Type: Balers, Skid steer, Forklift, Excavator and Backhoe
Container Type: N/A
Materials Processing Facility: No separation, baling only
St. George, Maine

The Town of St. George is located on a peninsula extending into the Gulf of Maine and Muscongus Bay 80 miles northeast of Portland. The town has 26 square miles of land and 133 square miles of water with the St. George River at the town’s western boundary.

The Town’s recycling center and transfer station is viewed by State officials as one of the leading drop-off recycling programs in the State. Last year 281 tons of mixed paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, mixed glass, and plastics were recycled by users. In addition, many types of C&D and special waste are accepted for recycling at the facility.

There is no fee to drop-off recycling or MSW but the Town charges for mixed C&D, white goods (appliances) and tires. The facility is for residents only and is funded from the Town’s General Fund and the sale of recyclables. A Town permit (vehicle sticker) is required to use the facility and is free to all property owners. (Landlords can pass on stickers to renters.)

The Town is a member of the Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA) who provides assistance to towns such as St. George to market recyclables. MRRA receives weekly inventories from member facilities and schedules trucking to markets and delivery to mills. While St. George markets most of their recyclables with MRRA, shingles, wallboard and glass are currently sent to Commercial Recycling out of Scarborough Maine. Brush and construction and demolition chips are sent to P.R. Russell of Richmond, Maine.

The Town also operates a popular reuse “shoppe” at the transfer station which was written up in the Boston Globe in 2007 as well as featured in a New York Times Opinion Piece in December 2006. Last year the Shoppe estimates it handled 48 tons of items and materials that went back into use.

In addition last summer the Town recycled 10 tons of plastic tubs and lids by experimenting with a new market and found it made economic sense to recycle this material at the facility.

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