Recycling and Sustainability Committee

Recycling and Sustainability Committee

*** REMINDER ***
The new ordinance that prohibits single-use, carry-out plastic bags goes into effect on September 1, 2017.

Recycling & Sustainability Committee Members

  • Mike Wilson, Chair
  • Deborah Atwood
  • Punnie Edgerton
  • Holly Greene
  • Caron Grich
  • Marian Haughwout
  • Jennifer Hicks
  • Benjamin Martens

The Recycling and Sustainability Committee is an advisory committee founded in 2007 to promote recycling and help inaugurate Brunswick’s pay-per-bag program. Its responsibilities have expanded since then to include a greenhouse gas emissions assessment of the town’s facilities, and a green building policy.

Recycling and Sustainability Committee Charter

The Committee consists of eight members, plus a staff liaison and a representative from the Town Council. Meetings are typically held on the 4th Thursday of each month, at 7:00PM, at Town Hall (Council Chambers or Room 206). These meetings are also available for viewing on TV3.

For more details about the Commission or to obtain information on becoming a member, please contact the Town Manager’s Office at (207) 725-6659.

Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2017 Meetings Agendas / Minutes
2016 Meetings Agendas / Minutes
January 28, 2016 Agenda / Minutes
February 2, 2016 Agenda / Minutes
March 24, 2016 Agenda / Minutes
May 26, 2016 Agenda / Minutes
June 23, 2016 Agenda / Minutes
August 25, 2016 Agenda / Minutes
September 22, 2016 Agenda / Minutes
December 8, 2016 Agenda / Minutes
2015 Meetings Agendas / Minutes
April 30, 2015 Agenda / Minutes
2014 Meetings Agendas / Minutes
June 26, 2014 Agenda / Minutes
August 28, 2014 Agenda / Minutes
September 25, 2014 Agenda / Minutes

Recycling

Note: For information on Brunswick’s curbside rubbish collection or recycling program, click <here>. ( http://www.brunswickme.org/departments/public-works/recycling-curbside-trash/ )

On January 22nd, 2007, following the cooperation and hard work of the Recycling Committee, Public Works Department, and Town Council, Brunswick launched its Pay Per Bag Program to promote recycling, reduce the amount of waste entering the landfill, and thereby extend the life of the landfill.

Prior to pay-per-bag, Brunswick averaged 103 tons/week of material entering the landfill. As of March 2012, it averaged 60-65 tons/week. Prior to January 2007, least 40 tons of recyclable materials entered our landfill each week. Over the past five years, (52*40*5) = 10,400 tons of material have been diverted from the landfill. Using our current range of tonnage to the landfill per year (4500 tons/year), pay-per-bag has extended the life of the landfill by 2.3 years in that five year period.

Sustainability

On April 23rd, 2007, the Brunswick Town Council endorsed the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (USMCPA). Subsequently, on April 22nd, 2008, the Council renamed the committee the “Recycling and Sustainability Committee”, and charged it with developing a plan to assess Brunswick’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Recycling and Sustainability Committee produced both a GHG emissions assessment and a Climate Action Plan to complement it. What we said at the time in the Introduction of the Plan remains true.

The earth is warming. Year after year, evidence accumulates showing that global warming is real, that human activity is the primary cause of it, and that transformative measures must be swiftly taken to avoid unparalleled global catastrophe.
The plan fulfills the first part of objective C1 of the US Mayors Agreement, “inventory global warming emissions in City operations and in the community, set reduction target goals and create an action plan.” The plan is intended to be a primary resource for Brunswick’s efforts to reduce its GHG emissions, and is meant to be a working document, periodically revised. The committee plans a GHG assessment in the next 1-2 years (2012-2014).

  Brunswick Climate Action Plan

The committee launched the Brunswick Green Building Initiative in 2010 as an effort to promote sustainable building practices for Brunswick’s municipal buildings. A presentation was given in the Fall of 2010 and the resulting policy was passed by the council in 2011. Click here for information on Solarize Brunswick.

  Brunswick Green Building Policy