Recycling truck’s look deceptive

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: What’s the point of taking the time to recycle and place it in the blue recycle buckets when Almighty Waste just throws it in the garbage truck? And, no, they didn’t confuse the trash because I witnessed a different truck pick up the trash. — Concerned, Lewiston

ANSWER: Sun Spots got an answer for you from David Jones, director of Lewiston Public Works, who wrote:

“The city has two separate curbside collection contracts:

“Pine Tree Waste collects all solid wastes from properties the city provides service to and then transports it to Mid-Maine Waste Action Corp. in Auburn, where it is burned and generates electricity that is sold back to the electrical grid. The ash resulting from the incineration of this solid waste is then disposed of in Lewiston’s landfill.

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“Almighty Waste collects all recycling material (zero-sort) and transports it to the city’s former shredder building at the landfill off River Road. This recycled material does not need to be sorted, as we have a process where the materials are sorted later.

“Currently, the materials are placed in large containers, which are transported to Massachusetts to a Materials Recycling Facility operated by Casella where the materials are sorted into different commodities and then sold for reuse.

“The city signed an agreement with Casella last year to allow them to construct an MRF here in Lewiston using the shredder building and an addition to be built by Casella. This will reduce the city’s transportation costs. More information on solid waste & recycling can be found on the city’s website at www.lewistonmaine.gov/index.aspx?nid=204.”

So Sun Spots notes that it may look like they are throwing your recycling away because it no longer has to be sorted into those special trucks with compartments for plastic, glass, paper, etc., but it is not being tossed.

Sun Spots saw a video of one of the sorting machines in action, and it’s amazing. You can see some photos of the procedure at www.ecomaine.org/our-facility/recycling-facility/.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I see you are so helpful to others that I am hoping you can help me.

We have a paved driveway. It lies about 50 feet from our house. We need to have a walkway paved.

Pavers we contacted last year were all too busy. Of course, our project is a small job.

Would you be able to provide us with a few names of small pavers who would be willing to do such a job? There’s leveling involved. 

Many thanks for any help you can offer. — No Name, Greene

ANSWER: Sun Spots does not know of anyone offhand, but hopefully someone will write in and say they are willing to bid on your job.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Another Chocolat fundraiser for Lewiston Middle School hosted by the Green Ladle has come and gone, and again it was well worth the reasonable price of admission.

Between the variety of excellent chocolate treats and the great food with beverages stood the raffle baskets put together by teams from the middle school.

This year I was fortunate enough to win the Taste of Italy Team 71 basket. The thought that went into the arrangement of the basket was outstanding. The variety of goodies will be happily enjoyed by many.

Thank you very much. And to one and all good job and see you next year! — Carol Hanscombe, Lewiston

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Ramada of Lewiston is replacing all of its TVs and giving away free 27-inch tube TVs. All are in great shape and can be picked up Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Inquire at our front desk. — Richard Nelson, budramada@aol.com

ANSWER: The phonebook says the Ramada is at 490 Pleasant St., 207-784-2331.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I appreciate Sun Spots so much. I have a lot of Prevention magazines and medical booklets I would like to give away. Call 353-8408. Thank you. — P.B., Lisbon Falls

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have quite a collection of “The Organ Portfolio” books which have preludes, offertories and postludes for church organists. I would like to give them to someone rather than recycle them. If anyone is interested, I’m sure arrangements can be made to pick up or deliver. I live in Rumford. — Judy Kuhn, judkuhn@yahoo.com

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