BANGOR – Members of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce were talking trash at their early bird breakfast Wednesday morning.
The topic of the early bird breakfast was recycling, and how it affects Maine’s smallest towns.
“Recycling markets as many have heard, have very suddenly collapsed,” said Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul. “That has caused the cost for waste and recycling to really increase multiple times for small communities.”
Towns like Holden have felt the affects of those increased costs.
“In July, we were expecting a 20-dollar-a-ton bill and we received a 140-dollar-a-ton bill, so late last summer we suspended our recycling indefinitely,” said Holden Town Manager Benjamin Breadmore.
Community members weren’t happy about the decision.
I’m a millennial,” said Breadmore. “No one wants to recycle more than I do, but that has to be done responsibly and responsible includes our budget.”
That’s why, according to Breadmore, the new 70-million-dollar Fiberight facility in Hampden is a solution.
“We have an opportunity to take our recycling through the trash process to a one-stop-shop facility,” Breadmore said. “People will be throwing recycling away in the traditional sense, but when it reaches the Fiberight facility it will be recycled.”
That means one less truck on the road to pick up recycling, which translates to saved money for Holden.
“It’s going to serve us that much better because we can save money, we could still recycle, it’s just a good thing,” said Breadmore.
Fiberight began accepting recyclables on Tuesday and plans on taking trash by April.