Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team

The Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team is working on expanding options for and increasing awareness of waste disposal and recycling options in the area.

WHAT ARE THE 4 Rs? 

 RETHINK

What’s on your mind?

  • Do you really need to buy that item?
  • Is there a similar item with less packaging?
  • Can you borrow or share this with someone else?

  REDUCE

What can you use instead?

  • Cloth napkins instead of paper
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Tap water instead of bottled water

  REUSE

What can you find another use for?

  • Old tee-shirts for cleaning cloths instead of paper towels
  • Newspapers to clean windows (They work well.  Honest!)
  • Plastic bags from the store

  RECYCLE

What articles can be put back into the materials stream?

  • Newspapers, newsprint, phonebooks, etc
  • Office paper, letters, envelopes, printouts, etc.
  • Mixed paper, paperboard packaging, cereal boxes, etc.
  • Cans & bottles that have been rinsed, aluminum, etc.
  • Magazines, catalogues, books, etc.
  • Plastic containers, both #1 & 2 (Barrels is now taking #5.)
  • Corrugated cardboard* flattened (At this time, this is the most valuable recyclable.) 
      

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Recycling Locations and Options Household materials may be brought to the following locations:

Waterville: SKILLS, Inc.  http://www.skillsrecycling.org
Accepts recyclables from all area municipalities.
60 Industrial Street 
Phone: 877-0522

Winslow: http://www.winslowmaine.org 
Bins are available outside of the public library on Halifax Street 
If you are unsure of what to recycle and where, contact Linda at the Town Office:
 872-2776 

Belgrade: http://www.belgrademaine.com/government/transfer_station.html 
Belgrade Transfer Station 
Dunn Rd. (0.3 mi. from interesection with West Rd.) 
Phone: 495-3326

China: http://www.china.govoffice.com/ 
China Transfer Station
 
191 Alder Park Rd.
 
Phone: 445-3033
 

Clinton: http://www.clinton-me.us/ 
Clinton Transfer Station 
Bangor Rd. (one mile past Clinton village) 
Phone: 426-8187 

Fairfield: http://www.centralmainedisposal.com 
Central Maine Disposal
 
6 Gerald Terrace
 
Phone:  872-8257
 

Oakland: http://www.oaklandmaine.us 
Oakland Transfer Station 
Town Farm Road 
Phone: 465-4732

 
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Yard waste may be taken to the following locations:

Waterville: http://www.waterville-me.gov/departments/pw 
Public Works may take yard waste.  Be sure to call first. 
6 Wentworth Court 
Phone: 680-4749
 

Winslow: http://www.winslowmaine.org/pworks.html 
Public Works may take brush and leaves.  Be sure to call first. 
135 Halifax Street 
Phone: 872-1972   

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OneSteel Recycling Inc. (takes most metals [like old cars], steel, and red metal [copper, brass]) 
25 Ayer St. 
Oakland
 
Phone: 465-2212

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For more information on where to recycle batteries, fluorescent lights,  paint, bulky  waste, etc,  contact Pine Tree Waste at  873-1219 (3 Robert LaFleur Rd. Waterville).

Household hazardous waste may be taken to Maine Environmental Depot which is located within the Lewiston Solid Waste Facility at 424 River Road in Lewiston. Please check out the website for details about items accepted and the associated costs: http://www.envdepot.com  

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Waste Committee members visiting EcoMaine in PortlandRX4 team members visiting EcoMaine recycling plant in Portland