WOOLWICH — The Woolwich Solid Waste, Recycling and Composting Committee is hosting a public informational meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Woolwich Town Office, to discuss a new proposed contract with both ecomaine and Riverside Disposal.

Riverside has been hauling Woolwich’s solid waste and recycling to ecomaine in Portland for the last year and ecomaine is offering a longer-term contract. A special town meeting is needed to change the contract and a vote has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 5 to consider multi-year contracts with both organizations.

Lissa Bittermann, business development manager for ecomaine, will speak briefly about ecomaine, its recycling and rebate program, and describe ecomaine’s Waste-to-Energy operations. ecomaine’s WTE plant, which opened in 1989, not only reduces the non-recyclable waste it receives by 90 percent in volume, it also generates over 100,000 megawatt-hours of electricity each year (enough to power its facilities and 15,000 homes for a year).

Earlier this year, ecomaine approached the Town with a proposal for a new 10-year contract. ecomaine has been suggesting Towns consider longer-term contracts to guarantee there is room at its plant to dispose of municipal waste and recycling.

A 10-year contract holds the tipping fees for solid waste at the Town’s current price of $58.72 per ton, plus an annual CPI-U increase for the next three years, at which time it would increase to $70.50 plus 3 years’ worth of accumulated and deferred CPI-U increases.

The tipping fee for the remaining years of the contract would then continue to rise from $70.50 plus annual CPI-U. A less than 10-year contract would not guarantee these prices, which are substantially lower than what the Town was paying for its solid waste disposal on its previous contract with another vendor.

For more information, contact Town Administrator Suzette Cloutier at [email protected] or 442-7094, or Jonathan Appleyard at 389-4292.

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