These manufacturers use the recovered recyclable material in place of virgin materials, which is beneficial for the environment. By separating these recyclable waste materials from other household waste, Lewiston’s residents help reduce the cost of solid waste (trash) disposal by making these materials—paper fiber, metal, plastic & glass—available for re-use in manufacturing.
The City’s annual average expense for waste disposal at the Mid Maine Waste Action Corp. (MMWAC) is $445,000 (FY2016). When residents separate Single Stream Recyclable waste from their household trash, they reduce the City’s expense for trash disposal because there is no disposal fee (for the City of Lewiston and its residents) for disposal of Single Stream Recyclable Waste.
Lewiston's e-Pass Program
An ePass allows the holder to waive fees on disposal of up to 1,000 pounds of solid waste disposed at the City’s Solid Waste Facility. ePasses are issued at no cost for Lewiston residential property owners who are current on all outstanding tax payments and fees. Tenants of rental property and owners of multi-unit apartment buildings (who pay the City for trash collection services) may purchase the ePass for $20.
The ePass uses information contained on the purchaser’s driver’s license to establish a virtual account on the Solid Waste Facility’s computerized scale management system. When the purchaser of the pass (or member of that household) brings household waste to the Solid Waste Facility, they will be asked for his/her driver’s license. After dumping completion, the material disposed of will be recorded on the City’s computer system, and a receipt showing the weight of waste material disposed (and weight remaining in the ePass account) will be issued. As in the past, once the 1,000 lb. limit has been reached/exceeded, the holder will be required to pay for any overage at that time.
(The Facility accepts cash, checks, and credit card payments.)
Other items related to the City’s ePass program include –
Solid Waste Disposal
The City owns and operates its own secure landfill, which has disposal capacity in excess of 30 years, at current disposal rates. The City’s permit to operate the Solid Waste Facility & landfill is specific regarding the types of waste that can be accepted; therefore, the contents of each vehicle is inspected by the Scale House Attendant to ensure compliance. Operation & maintenance of the secure landfill includes:
Residential Waste Collection
The Solid Waste Division provides curbside collection of residential solid waste & Single Stream Recyclable Materials on a weekly basis. This includes waste/recyclable waste collection from municipal buildings and public schools. This service is provided to approximately 14,000 dwelling units. Lewiston’s population is approximately 36,000.
The City performs this service through the use of private haulers. Contracts with these firms are awarded through an open-bid process. The term of the contract is typically 7 years.
During a typical year, 10,000+ tons of solid waste are collected from the City’s residents and is hauled to/disposed at the Mid Maine Waste Action Corp., where it is comingled with solid waste from other communities and incinerated. Incineration reduces the volume of the waste by approximately 90%. The residual ash from this process is hauled to the City’s secure landfill, in roll-off trucks, where it is disposed. In addition, 1,000+ tons of Single Stream Recyclable Material is collected from the City’s residents annually. Once collected, the Single Stream Material is hauled to Casella Recycling’s Material Recovery Facility (“MRF” - which is adjacent to the City’s solid waste facility) where the recyclable material is sorted, baled, and shipped out to end users/manufacturers.