The City of Readfield will launch a new food recycling program with the cities of Fayette and Wayne on July 24 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. at Readfield Transfer Station. Maine Senator Craig Hickman, city officials and representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection in Maine (DEP) and Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will attend. Free donations of ice cream and compost containers will be held throughout the day.
In the afternoon, DEP organic specialist Mark King will host a recycling and food composting class on the Maranacook High School campus, with free home compost bins for registered participants. Register for the class at the Transfer Station or by contacting the city at 207,685,3144 or email@example.com.
Food rescue MAINE The program, with the motto “Maine Food – Very Good for Waste” as a call to action, is led by a team of faculty and students from the Mitchell Center and several colleges and universities in Maine. It is partially funded by the DEP food waste diversion program. Food Rescue MAINE helps Maine communities with food waste reduction, food regeneration and food recycling projects to demonstrate their “triple line” benefits – saving money, feeding people and protecting natural resources.
The new food recycling site, which will serve Readfield, Wayne and Fayette residents, is located at Readfield Transfer Station on the Recycling Road. Resident food waste will be included in the existing yard waste recycling operation to provide high quality compost to city residents and municipal landscaping projects.
Readfield, Fayette and Wayne are the latest central Maine communities to launch a food recycling program alongside Food Rescue MAINE, following the release of Waterville in June and the release of Winslow in April. Portland also launched five sites on Earth Day this year.
As part of the MAIN Food Rescue campaign, the Mitchell Center team has developed a variety of materials to raise awareness and support for community food rescue and recycling programs. Available resources include a new one web portal, social media platform and a library of recycling information, signage, flyers and videos. A school information program is also being piloted in selected primary and secondary schools in Maine.
For more information about the July 24 event in Readfield, contact the Readfield city office at 207.685.4939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.