- Phil Hammett, Co-Chair
- Eileen Stiles, Co-Chair
- Dennis Woodruff
- Erin Dulac
- Barbara Lovell
- Dick Morris
- Sam Gifford, Selectman Representative
Raymond initiated single stream or zero sort recycling in July of 2010 at curbside. Participation increased significantly thus lowering Raymond's carbon footprint as it lowers gasoline usage for trucks, electricity for burning garbage and tipping fees. Raymond's initial participation was 56%. We encourage more residents to join in the recycle effort. We can do better. An advantage to Raymond residents is that any container can be used as long as the filled weight is not over 50 pounds. A second container can also be used. All plastics marked 1 through 7 as well as blister packs can be included, even broken plastic toys. NO styrofoam is recyclable even if marked. Broken down cardboard can also be included.
Mid Maine Waste Action Corp 783-8805
110 Goldthwait Rd, Auburn 04210
Going through New Glouster it is just beyond the airport on the back roads.
Town of Raymond
No Hazardous Waste
Furniture 4 1/2 cents per pound
Microwaves, stoves, dishwashers metal no cost
Construction Waste 4 1/2 cents per pond
Freon disposal $15.
Tires - no rim $3. ; with rim $6.
Light bulbs go back to Home Depot, drugs to pharmacies, foam peanuts to UPS store in Windham. Metal can pile up and can be recycled on Riverside Street for cash or you can put it in your curbside recycle bin. Electronic recycling sites appear in our local papers periodically.
We recommend home composting of fruit and vegetables. Paper napkins can be shredded as well as paper towels or use cloth napkins and dishtowels to help reduce use of paper products. Composting does not smell or attract animals as there is no meat involved. Most people have found that recycles pile up quicker than garbage so that garbage can be put out every other week.
A map of the pickup schedule can be found on the Raymond web site under Public Works.
Garbage and recycles need to be out before 7am. or it could be missed.
One of our goals in 2011 was to increase recycling in both schools in the classrooms and cafeterias, as well as, home participation.
Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7pm in the Broacast Studio located in the parking lot of the middle school.
For addition information call Eileen @ 655-4193
2010 will be a year of big changes in Raymond’s program, as we move to a new, vastly improved recycling system! More about this after a summary of recycling activities in the past year:
- Our first activity in the spring was spearheaded by Jessica at Raymond Florist to clean up winter debris along the roads for Earth Day in April. Twenty-five volunteers turned out, and we hope that number will increase next year.
- In the fall of 2009, we participated in the state-wide celebration of Maine Recycles Week, which was the first week of November. Posters were placed in public places and new recycling flyers with magnets were distributed around town. We also repeated recycling awareness programs in the schools. In the past, Raymond’s schools have seen great involvement with students and faculty, but due to the H1N1 scare, the milk container recycling program was discontinued. The school cardboard and paper programs continued with the students working with Mr. Woodruff each week.
- In December the committee met with the Town Manager and the chair of the Select Board, Mike Reynolds, to discuss the upcoming expiration of the contract for the disposal of town trash and recycling. Raymond is one of the few towns in the area not doing single-stream recycling, but past efforts to have this in Raymond were cost-prohibitive. We are still using the five-sort curbside pick-up option. Various options were presented to the Board of Selectmen.
When the new contract was put out to bid, the resulting proposals were only for the single-stream recycling option. The Selectmen also asked the winning contractor, Pine Tree Waste, for proposals to further reduce the costs of collection. This resulted in changes for pick-up on certain private roads that didn’t meet the standard for collection by a 26-ton truck.
The new contract means that the long-awaited upgrade to our recycling program will be coming in July! This is when the new system of ‘single stream’, or ‘zero sort’ recycling begins. No more sorting of recyclables will be necessary. In addition, more materials will be recycled curbside, and preparation of these materials will be minimal. The exact details will depend on which facility our materials go to, so those specifics will be forthcoming.
The new system, which should vastly increase our recycling rate, has advantages for us as a town as well as far beyond our borders. For example, recycling creates seven times as many jobs as normal waste disposal.
But the big benefit in the long run will be reducing our ‘carbon footprint,’ compared with burning our trash. The difference is huge! Recycling is just a part of the effort to slow climate change and its resulting economic impact. Thanks for all of your recycling efforts.