Changes Effective March 1, 2019 for ADD Member Towns
Changes in what is acceptable and what is NOT acceptable for city residents and others using the Ellsworth Recycling Center
How Ellsworth Sells Recyclables: Currently Ellsworth is a member of the Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA) which helps them manage and identify a market that will purchase their recyclables, including the ones we send them. Through MRRA they are able to sell the materials in a manner that helps pay for their, and our, recycling program. BUT currently there is a very limited demand for recycled items, here in the U.S. and Abroad. Should things change in the future, Ellsworth will look into again accepting more types of recyclable items.
Our agreement with Ellsworth has always been to send them sorted, acceptable materials. If materials that are not acceptable are put in the respective containers, the entire load in that container faces the risk of being rejected. If rejected, we will not receive any revenue for any of the load and we will have to pay for it as trash at their current tipping fee of $110 per ton plus our costs of transportation to get the materials to Ellsworth. To date, the recycling center staff has been removing unacceptable material from some loads when they have time rather than rejecting the load. They have been doing this for us as a courtesy. This is going to be ending. They do not have the staffing to continue to do this, it could be harmful to the staff depending on what is in the load, and, as noted above, our agreement is for sorted acceptable materials.
With such a worldwide abundance of recyclables, the companies that buy the materials for processing can be very fussy. Materials we send Ellsworth must be clean. For example, containers like cans and plastic bottles and jugs must be clean of the materials that came in them. If there are too many unclean containers in a load, the entire load can be rejected.
See the information at the following links for what is not acceptable for recycling at the Ellsworth recycling center under the ADD recycling agreement with them. If an item is NOT on the Acceptable list, it cannot be recycled with Ellsworth. Glass bottles and glass jars are not accepted.
- Click here for a link to go to a short video provided by the City describing the changes.
- Click here to go to a table of acceptable and unacceptable materials.
Glass: Glass is not accepted at the Ellsworth recycling Center. However, Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert, Tremont and Trenton DO collect glass containers that are taken to the EMR transfer station where it is crushed and used as fill around their site.