Large blue recycling bins are being put in place for the season in downtown Damariscotta, at Bristol Parks, and other locales around the Pemaquid Peninsula. These beverage can recycling bins were provided free of charge to the towns and CLC YMCA last year by Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA). PWA acquired the bins via a grant from Keep America Beautiful’s (KAB) Dr. Pepper/Snapple Park Recycling Bin program. PWA is Maine’s only affiliate of KAB, making it uniquely eligible for this grant opportunity that supplied 20 of the beverage can recycling bins to PWA to then give to the local towns and nonprofits that wanted them.
PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful (KPPB) initiative distributed the bins in June of 2014 to the towns of Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta and Waldoboro and to the CLC YMCA. The bins became the property of the towns and Y, who then selected the locations for the bins — such as in downtown areas, parks, athletic fields, and town landings — as handy receptacles for used beverage containers.
Access and convenience are two of the biggest obstacles to recycling. By making these recycling bins available in public spaces, the bins will help Pemaquid Peninsula communities increase on-the-go recycling. This bin project already has demonstrated success, as 3,038 cans and bottles were recycled from the bins in the first six months of their placement last year. PWA thanks all the towns and the YMCA for helping to compile the data on bin use.
Pemaquid Watershed Association was established in 1966 and is a volunteer-based, membership-supported non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. For more information, visit www.pemaquidwatershed.org. PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful (KPPB) initiative aims to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Pemaquid Peninsula by promoting a clean, litter-free environment.