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ecoaine grants raise awareness of recycling

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Schools that apply for a recycling grant through ecomaine can receive up to $ 5,000 to help with recycling and composting projects or programs. Courtesy photo ecoaine

SCARBOROUGH – On September 14, ecomaine announced that the organization will provide up to $ 25,000 in grants to educate schools and communities about recycling.

A Portland-based nonprofit that is a waste-to-energy and recycling operation, ecoaine said it serves one-third of the state’s population in 70 member communities, including Scarborough.

Any school within ecomaine member communities can apply for up to $ 5,000 of the $ 25,000 grant for the 2020-2021 school year, according to the announcement. The deadline to apply is October 30. Those interested can visit www.ecomaine.org/tours-and-educational-outreach/grants/.

The winners are chosen based on the project outline of the proposal and the school’s commitment, the ease of replication of the project, the likelihood of success and sustainability of the program, and its interest and relevance. its worth, said ecomaine. Recipients will be notified in mid-November.

“Proposals must demonstrate a commitment to the solid waste hierarchy and landfill diversion techniques, in particular reduce, reduce, recycle and compost / digestion,” ecomaine said.

In recent years, Scarborough High School has taken advantage of this opportunity, said Matt Grondin, ecomaine’s director of communications, in an email.

“In 2019-2020, Scarborough High School and its ECOS club successfully applied for $ 1,600 in funding to install electric hand dryers, saving on disposable paper towels in the school lobby restrooms,” said he declared. According to mid-term and final reports from the school of students and facilities manager Todd Jepson, the dryers will not only save on disposable paper towels, keeping them out of the waste stream, but will also reduce the costs of purchasing towels. “

Portland’s Deering High School received $ 900 in the 2017-18 school year to improve its composting program and public awareness, Grondin said. This meant the school only needed half the cafeteria’s normal number of bins, saving money on Deering’s disposal costs.

“In 2019-2020, Portland Kindergarten received $ 303 for composting supplies and pre-K books for their program on waste reduction, composting and gardening,” he said. he declares. “The students also made posters on the topic and even continued to learn more online when the pandemic hit and learning in person was not an option. “

Caleb Hemphill, chairman of ecomaine’s outreach and recycling committee, said ecomaine hopes the funding will help schools’ recycling and composting programs this year.

“This year is obviously proving to be a difficult year for all of us, especially schools and students,” he said. “It is ecomaine’s hope that this funding can help sustain some of the important programs around recycling, composting and waste reduction that we have seen in our schools. We look forward to seeing some creative proposals in 2020-21. “

People who want information on how to apply can call 773-1738 or send an email [email protected].