3 Chase St Suite 1
Bridgton, Maine 04009
207-647-8786

Recycling Committee Minutes 2015

Recycling Committee Agendas 2015

Recycling Committee Agendas 2014

​                KITTY LITTER RECYCLING...IT WORKS!

  KITTY LITTER DISPOSAL CAN SAVE MONEY ! Effective immediately kitty litter can be deposited in a special pile rather than thrown in with the trash. By reducing this from the waste stream, the disposal costs will decrease.  Simply put your kitty's litter in a box or a bag and when you arrive at the Transfer Station ask where it goes. Done! 

     Bottle Returnable Box:

1.  The Request for returnable bottles from the Bridgton Transfer Station must be submitted in writing to the Bridgton Transfer Station Manager, 3 Chase Street, Suite 1, Bridgton, Maine 04009 or directly to the Transfer Station Manager at the Transfer Station.  Please make sure that a daytime contact name, address and phone number is included with the request. 

2.  The Entity must be a non-profit group or organization directly benefiting the Town of Bridgton and/or its residents. 

3.  The group or organization will receive bottles for one month out of the calendar year unless no other group or organization has applied in which case the group or organization will be considered as an alternate.

4.  The bottle box must be emptied weekly or as needed to prevent box from overflowing.  If the group or organization does not manage the box appropriately permission may not be granted in the future.  



*2017 Requests for Bottle Returnable Box*

January 2017 - Town of Bridgton (Proceeds to benefit the purchase of Christmas Wreaths)

February 2017 - Bridgton Lions Club

August 2017 - First Congregation Church


*2016 Requests for Bottle Returnable Box*

January 2016 - Bridgton Literacy Task Force 

February 2016 - Bridgton Lions Club

March 2016 - Town of Bridgton (Proceeds to benefit the purchase of Christmas Wreaths)

April 2016 - Town of Bridgton (Proceeds to benefit the purchase of Christmas Wreaths)

May 2016 - LRHS Varsity Basketball Team

June 2016 - Stevens Brook Elementary School - Greenhouse Project

July 2016 - Lake Region Vineyard Church

August 2016 - First Congregational Church

September 2016 - Dad's Alliance/Sub-Group for Opportunity Alliance

October 2016 - Community H.E.L.P​

November 2016 - Rufus Porter

December 2016 - Grace Christian Church


*2015 Requests for Bottle Returnable Box*

January- Town of Bridgton (Proceeds toward the July 2015 Fireworks)

February - Bridgton Lions Club

March - Town of Bridgton (Proceeds toward the July 2015 Fireworks)

April - World Quest at Lake Region High School

May - Community HELP

June - B.R.A.G.

July - Vineyard Church

August - First Congregational Church

September - Opportunity Alliance/Male Involvement

October - The Rufus Porter Museum

November - Bridgton Food Pantry

December - Grace Christian Church






















MORE ON COMPOSTING AND RECYCLING


​ 1) Composting Guide:  Do you know the latest in composting?  Make this connection work for you.
  http://epa.gov/waste/conserve/tools/greenscapes/pubs/compost-guide.pdf

 2) Did you know that recycling creates jobs? On a per-ton basis, sorting and processing recyclables alone sustain 10 times more jobs than landfilling or incineration. (Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance) 

​Take a look at the Top 10 Reasons to Recycle:

a. Good For Our Economy: American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.

b. Creates Jobs: Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.

c. Reduces Waste: The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into to landfills, where it's compacted and buried.

d. Good For The Environment: Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.

e. Saves Energy: Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. (Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.)

f. Preserves Landfill Space: No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.

g. Prevents Global Warming: In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air.

h. Reduces Water Pollution: Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.

i. Protects Wildlife: Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.

j. Creates New Demand: Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy. 

Source: Northeast Michigan Council of Governments













RESOLUTION

HONORING

MAHLON JOHNSON & AL BURK


DEDICATION TO THE RECYCLING EFFORTS

TOWN OF BRIDGTON


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NEW!

The recycling committee would love to hear from you and ways that we can improve the recycling rate in our town. We would like to hear your thoughts on the following questions. 

1) Why don't you think people recycle? 

2) What do you think would be the best way to change that behavior?

3) What would be the most effective way to educate people about recycling?

Please email us at bridgtonrecyclingcommittee@yahoo.com with your thoughts and suggestions.

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 For every ton of garbage that is kept out of the waste stream, we save $127.


Single Sort Recycling Do's and Dont's


Any question on what can be recycled- please click on the PDF below.



                                                               Committee Members

                    Heather Rorer- Chair                             Kate Fitzcharles

                    Nancy Donovan                                     Bob Fitzcharles-Advisor/Transfer Station Manager

                    Maureen McDevitt                                  Bob Peabody, Town Manager

                                                                      Contact us:

                                            bridgtonrecyclingcommittee@yahoo.com




TRANSFER STATION AND RECYCLING CENTER




​RECYCLING COMMITTEE


The Bridgton Transfer Station and Recycling Center hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday- 7:00 am- 5:00 pm

Except holidays or weather events that require closure

118 Sandy Creek Road

Transfer Station stickers are available to Bridgton residents at the Town Office and at the Transfer Station.  The fee is $10.00 per household. Stickers have a specific two year life cycle.  For more information please contact Mr. Robert Fitzcharles at 647-8276 or transferst@bridgtonmaine.org for more information.



RECYCLING COMMITTEE:  

The Town is fortunate to have a recycling committee whose members are appointed by the Select Board.  Interested Bridgton residents may apply through the Town Office and use the application form on this website. The committee meets one time per month and works on various projects that have been approved by the Select Board.


Recycling Study



The Recycling Committee recently completed their indepth study of the various options with regards to our trash (MSW) and recyclable disposal and hauling.  The full report is available here:



Select Board Decision:


As a result of this report the Bridgton Select Board voted to remain with Ecomaine for the disposition of all MSW as well our recyclables.  The Town will also go out to bid for the pricing of the hauling of this material as well as explore the costs of leasing a truck and container system.  This will be reported to the Select Board. The initial disposal savings to the tax payers begining July 1, 2014 will be $108,000 per year.