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Waste managers are seeking ways to capitalize on organic waste and keep it out of landfills.


FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the Northeast Recycling Council met in Maine this week to discuss strategies to remove organic waste, such as food scraps and lawn clippings, from the waste stream.

"When you look at what's left that we are not recycling, a lot of that is what is called organic waste, and we know of so many places that can use that organic waste," said Patricia Aho, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

She estimates 40% of the items that are currently being thrown out are organic compounds that could be put to a better use.

"It is a high percentage of our waste stream, and so finding solutions that work for all corners of Maine is what the focus is for our staff at DEP," she stated.

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