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Vol. 22 No. 2 Fall 2012

 

FEATURE ARTICLE

Promoting Sustainability & P2 Across Sectors

PROGRAM UPDATES

Click on the links below for information and updates on key activities that programs in these states have been focusing on.

Connecticut
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
Vermont
EPA Region 1
EPA Region 2
NEWMOA

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PROGRAM UPDATES
Maine

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP)

New Sustainability Unit Launched
As part of its environmental stewardship efforts, ME DEP has created a new Sustainability Unit.  Housed in the Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, the Unit is charged with the creation and implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to sustainable materials management.  The Sustainability Unit merges a number of existing cross-media programs including: recycling, composting, and reuse; used electronics management and recycling; mercury-added products management; chemical management, toxic chemical reduction, and priority chemical reporting; the Environmental Leader business recognition program; and strategies related to greenhouse gas mitigation and climate adaptation.

Sustainability Unit Director George MacDonald most recently served in ME DEP’s Policy Office and has extensive experience at the state and local level, including providing composting, recycling, and other solid waste management solutions to municipalities and businesses.  Staff will work with businesses on proper handling and recycling of the rapidly growing electronic waste stream and provide compliance assistance to manufacturers.  They will provide assistance to municipalities and businesses by encouraging composting and recycling, as well as other methods of improving municipal solid waste management. 

Finally, the Unit will provide resources for individuals.  An example of this effort is the new web-based tool, Help ME Recycle, which helps consumers to locate convenient municipal recycling facilities and retail locations for the proper handling of computer monitors, televisions, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermostats, and other unwanted universal waste items.