BREWER – Starting Sept. 1, Brewer will be changing the way residents throw away their trash.
“We’re moving to what we’re calling an all in one approach to our solid waste program,” said Karen Fussell, the finance director in Brewer.
The Pay As You Throw system is moving from orange bags, to orange tags.
Brewer residents will no longer have to separate their recycling from their trash. Fussell said everything will now go in bags together and will be placed curbside.
She said there are benefits to this change.
“It’s a great simplification of the program,” said Fussell. “We’re also excited to be able to take advantage of the capabilities of the new Coastal Resources of Maine waste processing facility that is underway and operating in Hampden.”
The Coastal Resources of Maine, parent of Fiberight, is a waste processing and recycling facility in Hampden. Fussell said Coastal Resources will separate the recyclables and transform them into something useful.
“They’re anticipating diversion rates of up to 80%,” said Fussell.
In addition to the all in one trash and recycling change, residents will also have to buy an orange tag to put on the trash bags.
“This change in the program from bags to tags is going to allow residents to be able to use whatever bag they’d like, whatever quality and whatever size. They just need to place a tag on it,” said Fussell.
Yet some residents are concerned about the price of this change.
“It’s probably a good idea but on the other hand it’s still expensive,” said one resident.
“I don’t know, but I have my doubts,” said another.
Fussell said the city has looked into what this will costs for residents.
“We’re expecting that the costs are not going to increase for residents. Actually the majority of residents are going to see a decrease in cost,” said Fussell.
Fussell said tags will be $2 each and will be sold at many of the same stores in Brewer that now carry the orange bags.
“This is going to significantly increase the cities recycling rates and the rates of our residents so we’re excited about that,” said Fussell.