Issues: Zero Waste
relating to issues of interest to the Zero-Waste Committee of the
A Climate to Thrive effort of Mount Desert Island (MDI), Maine

Updated: 27 February 2010
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  1. Reduction of single use plastics on MDI and in Maine
  2. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
    The requirement that producers (of packaged material, in this case) contribute to the cost of recycling/disposal of their packaging, both to help municipalities with these costs, and to provide a financial incentive for the development and use of more sustainable packaging
    1. Legislative materials
      1. LD 2104 — An Act To Support and Increase the Recycling of Packaging
        The proposed implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility in Maine
        1. Main legislative page
        2. First legislative language version (Jan 30, released Feb 12)
            official text
            easier-to-read text
        3. Structure proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) — released Jan 8
            official text
            easier-to-read text
            flow diagram
      2. LD 1431 — Resolve, To Support Municipal Recycling Programs (passed May 14, 2019)
        A resolution tasking the DEP with designing and proposing language for an EPR program for packaging in Maine by December
        1. Main legislative page
        2. Actions and amended text as passed

    2. Municipal resolutions in support — proposed by the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM)
      1. NRCM draft
          NRCM's 2-page
          plain resolution
      2. Tremont
          OCR'd text

    3. My materials
      1. LD 2104 EPR-implementation FAQ (Feb 24)
      2. EPR Intro for SWH Select Board (Feb 25)
      3. LD 2104 considerations as relates to communities feeding into Coastal Resources Maine (summary for SWH Select Board, Feb 25)
      4. My ENR Committee Written Testimony (for the Feb 26 hearing, submitted Feb 25)

    4. Materials from the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM)
      1. Articles
        1. Fixing flawed recycling (Dec 10, 2019)
      2. List of Canadian EPR brands shared with Maine
      3. EPR countries, with comparisons

    5. Media coverage
      1. Feb 26, MPBN: Proposal Would Shift Rising Recycling Costs From Maine Communities To Companies, Manufacturers
        (text and 4.5min audio, about the Feb 26 public hearing before the legislature's Joint Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee)