ELLSWORTH – As Fiberight’s new Coastal Resources of Maine facility prepares to open in Hampden, the man who has led the project from the start has decided to step down.
Greg Lounder, executive director of the Municipal Review Committee, recently announced his decision. The MRC represents the 115 communities and groups that will send their trash to Hampden’s waste-to-fuel and recycling plant.
“Twenty-five years of service is a long time,” Lounder said Tuesday. “And being true to myself and my heart and mind, I knew that now was the time personally to step down. However, I also need to be mindful of the importance of the project and the excitement involved with the facility.”
The MRC board of directors will formally consider Lounder’s resignation on Wednesday.
Coastal Resources combines a recycling plant and three different fuel processors – one that makes biogas, one for clean organic cellulose pulp, and a third for fuel bricks that one day may make heating fuel.
Officials say the plant is scheduled to begin accepting waste in April.