The recycling bins, also known as 'Silver Bullets' are located at the Standish Transfer Station, Patch's Variety on Route 35, George E. Jack School, and at the Steep Falls Fire Barn on Boundary Road. Here's a list of what can be recycled in the Silver Bullets.
SINGLE SORT RECYCLING
On May 1, 2007 EcoMaine, formerly Regional Waste Systems, went to Single-Sort Recycling. Instead of separating recyclables by type, simply combine all glass, metal, paper, cardboard, and plastics into one recycling container.
What: Most paper can be recycled, specifically newspaper, magazines, paper bags, residential mixed paper, telephone books, magazines, catalogs, fliers, telephone books and directories, office paper, school paper, opened mail and similar paper can all be recycled in the PAPER compartment of the Silver Bullet.
How: Keep paper clean and dry. Remove any product samples and plastic cards from mail and deposit loose or in brown paper bags.
Exclude: No carbon paper, photographs, paper contaminated with food or tissue paper.
What: Cereal boxes, cracker boxes and egg cartons can all be recycled in the PAPERBOARD compartment of the Silver Bullet.
How: Discard paper, foil and plastic liners. Discard metal spouts and cutting strips as on salt and plastic wrap boxes, using caution to prevent injury. All boxes should be kept clean and dry and should be flat before inserting in the compartment. Deposit loose or in brown paper bags.
Exclude: No waxed paper or waxed cardboard boxes such as vegetables and meats are shipped in, no foil, plastic liners or plastic coated paper.
WHAT: Steel or aluminum cans, aluminum foil, trays, pans and empty aerosol cans can all be recycled in the CONTAINER compartment of the Silver Bullet.
How: You do not have to rinse containers and labels are OK.
Exclude: No propane tanks or bottles, no containers with something in them, especially those containing flammable liquids such as paint thinner or gasoline.
PLASTIC & GLASS CONTAINERS
What: Glass bottles or color plastic bottles including milk jugs, laundry jugs, vegetable oil bottles and any other containers with a recycle symbol '1' (which are called PET) or a recycle symbol '2' (which are called HDPE) on it can be recycled in the CONTAINER compartment of the Silver Bullet. With the new Single-Sort recycling there has been the addition of plastics labeled #1-7.
How: You do not have to rinse containers and labels are OK.
Exclude: No motor oil bottles or auto glass such as windshields or safety glass with a plastic or metal inner membrane. Other types of plastic containers such as yogurt containers, plastic bags from the supermarket and buckets should be placed in general waste as they can not be recycled in this area at the present time. There is a recycling bin in the carriage area of Hannaford's entrance in Colonial Marketplace for supermarket plastic bags.
What: Corrugated cardboard can be recycled in the CARDBOARD compactor across from the Silver Bullet at the Transfer Station.
How: All boxes should be kept clean and dry and should be flat before inserting in the compactor.
Exclude: No waxed paper or waxed cardboard boxes such as boxes that vegetables and meats are shipped in, no foil, plastic liners or plastic coated paper.
How: Deposit in the 'used oil' area, next to the Cardboard compactor, at the Transfer Station. The used oil should be placed in sealed one gallon plastic containers. Recycling oil is free of charge at this time.
Exclude: No antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline or solvents of any kind. To learn more about how oil is recycled visit ecomaine.org
BASICS OF COMPOSTING
Did you know...
Nationwde, leaves and yard trimmings amount to approximately 28 million tons (or 13.4 %) of waste. Each year, the average person creates about 360 pounds of food and yard waste. One cubic yard of leaves equals approximately 200-250 pounds and one cubic yard of grass equals approximately 350-400 pounds. 27% of all food produced in North America is wasted.
Composting is an easy way to reduce the waste you throw away by reusing organic waste from your kitchen and yard. It also keeps the garbage you do transport to the Transfer Station from smelling up your vehicle too!
Starting Your Own Compost
There are two kinds of materials needed to break down the organic material and encourage decomposition into humus, high carbon materials (known as 'browns') and high nitrogen materials (know as 'greens'). Brown materials include dried leaves and grass, paper and wood chips. Green materials include fresher, moister material such as grass clippings and food scraps. To keep animals and odors out of your pile, do NOT add meat, bones, fatty food wastes (such as cheese, grease and oils), dog and cat litter or diseased plants.
Keep a small, covered container next to your kitchen sink to put vegetable scraps, fruit remains, leftover breads, pastas and grains, coffee grounds and tea bags in it. Every couple of days you should empty the container into your compost pile. Eggshells and corn cobs take longer to decompose so you should try to break those items into smaller pieces.
Collect as many browns and greens as possible. Remember that the bigger the pile, the faster it decomposes and the sooner you can reuse it. Place two parts brown, one part green into a plastic bin or heap and mix it together.
Soak the pile with water until it's damp all the way through. Cover the pile with a tarp to keep moisture in and excess rainwater out. Finally, keep adding greens and browns equally and make sure the pile stays damp. Piles in the Northeast are more often too wet than too dry. Weekly watering is OK in the summer, but not through the rest of the year.
It is important to remember to 'turn' your compost pile with a hoe or other turning tool at least once a month to provide the needed oxygen that quickens the pace of decomposition. A lack of oxygen will slow down the composting process and cause odors.
The compost pile will be a crumbly, humus-rich soil in about three to six months. It should have a clean, sweet aroma and feel like good garden soil which you can then use as a rich fertilizer and/or planting soil. If you find strong odors, add more browns and mix well.
Universal Waste are wastes that may contain hazardous amounts of toxic materials such as mercury, lead and PCBs and are found in many household products.
Universal Waste includes:
CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes) which are found in computer monitors and televisions. fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats that contain mercury, rechargeable batteries, including button cell batteries, mercury thermometers
These wastes must be handled differently from general household trash and recyclables so please do NOT put these items in your household trash. The Standish Transfer Station accepts most Universal Waste FREE OF CHARGE.
Learn more about universal waste and its impact on general health and the environment at ecomaine.org.
Mercury is a naturally occurring metal and is toxic to humans when eaten (as consumed in fish) or inhaled (as in a small thermometer break). Mercury will not decompose or break down in the environment so once it enters the environment from any source, it remains there. The Standish Transfer Station DOES accept mercury items from residential use only at this time. Read more about the hazards of mercury products and the importance of disposing of mercury products properly at ecomaine.org.
Computers have toxic components. A typical computer and monitor contain five to eight pounds of lead and heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and arsenic and need to be disposed of properly. The Standish Transfer Station DOES accept computer equipment from residential use only at this time.
Recycling Latex Paints
Water-based, or latex paints, are a low-hazard product, but in liquid form must still be handled carefully to prevent environmental contamination. When disposing of unused paint, it must be dried first. Sand or kitty litter may be added to absorb unused paint and speed up the drying process. The Standish Transfer Station DOES accept these items at this time free of charge.
Recycling Oil-Based Paints and Stains
Oil-based paints, also known as solvent-based, are hazardous because they contain solvents that could emit toxic vapors and are flammable. Old oil-based paints may also contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury. The Standish Transfer Station DOES NOT accept oil-based paints, stains, turpentine or mineral spirits at this time. Read more about recycling paints and stains at the ecomaine.org.