Hampden, ME — Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited Fiberight’s Coastal Resources of Maine’s new advanced waste processing facility, which began accepting shipments earlier this year. Coastal Resources is the first next-generation recycling facility in the country that uses an innovative process that does not require household sorting. The facility recovers, recycles, and repurposes valuable material found in everyday household waste. Coastal Resources expects to divert 60-80% of waste from landfills, compared to a recycling rate of 10-30% for most municipalities.
“I was thoroughly impressed by Coastal Resources’ new facility in Hampden, and I enjoyed speaking with leadership and employees about the company’s future,” said Senator Collins. “This facility will benefit more than 100 municipalities throughout the State of Maine through advanced waste processing methods, making it easier for Maine households to recycle and helping to keep our environment pristine.”
“We enjoyed hosting Senator Collins for a behind the scenes look at our new advanced recycling and waste processing facility,” said Craig Stuart-Paul, Fiberight CEO. “Coastal Resources is a beacon to the region that Maine is open for business and welcomes innovative technologies and investments that move our rural economy forward and put our environment first.”
Coastal Resources’ state-of-the-art machinery picks out cardboard, plastics, and metals from unsorted garbage and recycling, helping participating communities to double recycling rates, support sustainability commitments, and create value from otherwise wasted resources. The facility is able to repurpose hard-to-recycle paper products and plastics for beneficial uses, such as packaging and insulation or biomass fuel.
Coastal Resources created 50 new full-time jobs. Approximately 115 municipalities will initially send waste to the facility that will be able to process 180,000 tons of trash annually once it is fully operational.