Category Archives: KPPB

TALKIN’ TRASH: Pemaquid Peninsula Litter Cleanups

There’s something strange in the neighborhood. I’ve started noticing pickle jars alongside a few roads on the peninsula. Large, empty, glass, Vlasic pickle jars. It’s anyone’s guess how they got there or what else is lurking along our roadways, but … Continue reading

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TALKIN’ TRASH: The Trouble with Litter

According to the 2009 litter survey by Keep America Beautiful (KAB), more than 51 billion pieces of litter appear alongside American roads each year — 6,729 items per mile of roadway! In the 40 years between KAB’s 1969 study and … Continue reading

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TALKIN’ TRASH: Good Practices for Small Businesses

Success of a business can be measured by the three E’s: economy, employees, and the environment. Most businesses are created to be economically viable — the business needs to make enough money to reap a profit. Employees who are productive, … Continue reading

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TALKIN’ TRASH: Recycling Odds and Ends, Part I

Have you ever wondered about how to properly dispose of those odd items? By that I mean the ones that you don’t have to get rid of very often, which means that trying to figure out what to do with … Continue reading

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The importance of using recycling and composting to reduce waste that goes into landfills cannot be overemphasized. Disposal of municipal solid waste is a growing challenge in Maine due to declining landfill space, high disposal costs, and environmental health risks. … Continue reading

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TALKIN’ TRASH: Lincoln County Recycling and Composting

We’ve talked in past Talkin’ Trash posts about the how to’s of recycling, but just what happens to the things we put in recycling? Locally, most recyclables go the Lincoln County Recycling (LCR) Plant in Wiscasset. Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Keep … Continue reading

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Butt Ugly

What would you guess is the most collected litter at Pemaquid Watershed Association’s annual cleanup around Pemaquid Point? Beverage cans and bottles? Food wrappers? Plastic bags? Wrong. Twice as many cigarette butts are picked up than all those other types … Continue reading

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Light As A Feather, and With Us Forever

What’s bright white, weighs almost nothing, and is probably in all of our houses in one form or another? Whipped cream? No. It’s expanded polystyrene! Often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam (a trade-marked product made by Dow Chemical which is … Continue reading

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Final Tips on Composting

This week we finish our series on composting by highlighting some tips and a few great sources of compost information. First, let’s talk about slugs. The Guardian newspaper in the UK, a country famous for its gardens and gardeners, advises … Continue reading

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Composting Basics

compost on saplings

The key to making healthy compost, as in living a healthy life, is balance. Healthy compost has a balance between the ingredients and the moisture and oxygen levels. The microbes that break down the ingredients need the right amount of … Continue reading

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