Community Action Works
Community Action Works

Our state is not their dumping grounds

Maine has been treated as the dumping ground for trash from across the region. But neighbors across the state are rising up to change that.

In Hartland, neighbors have come together to fight a polluting landfill that threatens their water and harms their quality of life.

In Old Town, a coalition of neighbors called Don’t Waste ME, who live next to the largest landfill in the state, are dreaming up better ways to manage our waste.

And right now, neighbors have the chance to close a loophole that allows out-of-state waste into Maine state landfills.

In the state’s largest landfill, 40 percent of the waste comes from out of state. That means nearly half of the trash polluting neighboring communities in Old Town and members of the Penobscot Nation who rely on a nearby river for fishing and hunting comes from states to our south.

We need to manage our waste better, but more importantly we need to protect our communities better. Our communities deserve to live in a healthy environment, free from the toxic pollution that comes from trash in landfills.

And the Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities and poor communities most often targeted as sites for landfills deserve a real zero waste solution to manage our waste.

Send a letter to the Board of Environmental Protection calling on them to close this loophole and keep out-of-state trash out of Maine.

Learn more:

Juniper Ridge Landfill “Mini Lecture” on Disparity of State Regulations by Hillary Lister of Don’t Waste ME

Disparity of State Regulations: Juniper Ridge Landfill Mini Lecture by Hillary Lister from Sunlight Media Collective on Vimeo.

Juniper Ridge Landfill “Mini Lecture” on Leachate and Landfill Gas by Hillary Lister of Don’t Waste ME

Leachate and Landfill Gas: Juniper Ridge Landfill Mini Lecture by Hillary Lister from Sunlight Media Collective on Vimeo.

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