City gets award for waste depot

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LEWISTON – Mayor Lionel C. Guay Jr. accepted an Androscoggin Valley Council of Government’s President’s Award on April 19 on behalf of the city, the State Planning Office and Environmental Projects Inc. for the establishment of the Western Maine Environmental Depot.

The depot is the only permanent location in Maine dedicated to properly disposing of homeowners’ hazardous waste.

Guay said, “Lewiston is known statewide for collaboration and partnerships, and our involvement in establishing the depot is yet another step toward enhanced regional initiatives for the benefit of Maine residents.”

Guay said, “With our environment being a precious commodity, it is reassuring to know that household hazardous wastes such as old gasoline, cleaners, solvents, paint thinners, pesticides, oil-based paints and varnishes are being properly handled.”

The depot, located at Lewiston’s Solid Waste Facility, 424 River Road, is open from 8 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturdays of each month, until November, for use by Maine residents.

The facility is a joint project of AVCOG, Environmental Projects Inc. and the State Planning Office. AVCOG received a 2005 innovation award from the National Association of Development Organizations in regard to the establishment of the permanent household hazardous waste facility.

Guay commended the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments for working closely with communities on mutual goals for the benefit of Maine and its residents.

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