TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE LIVING PRACTICES IN THE MID MAINE REGION

Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team

Team Leader: 

To encourage the Mid-Maine community to: RETHINK, REUSE, REDUCE and RECYCLE.

The R4 team focuses on conservation, primarily through organizing and running various activities that promote smart strategies for waste reduction.

The ecomaine RECYCLOPEDIA is a new web and mobile app designed to make it easier to answer all your recycling and waste-related questions. You can download the app on any mobile device or use it at www.ecomaine.org/recyclopedia/ 

RETHINK

Resource consumption and to integrate all related aspects into our decision-making to minimize environmental impact.

  • 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

Waste.

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

REUSE

Options to conserve resources.

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

RECYCLE

When reuse is not an option: recycle and compost!

  • Newspapers, newsprint, phone books, etc.
  • Office paper, letters, envelopes, printouts, etc.
  • Mixed paper, paperboard packaging, cereal boxes, etc.
  • Cans & bottles that have been rinsed, aluminum, etc.
  • Magazines, catalogs, books, etc.
  • Plastic containers, both #1 & 2 (Barrels is now taking #5.)
  • Corrugated cardboard* flattened
Composting Lesson at Inland Hospital’s World of Women’s Wellness Community Event. Learn more at http://inlandhospital.org/About-Our-Organization/Community-Wellness/World-of-Women-s-Wellness.aspx
Eric Brown & Linda Woods at the Taste Of Waterville Composting Station