UMM and Transfer Station Raise Recycling Awareness

MACHIAS, ME – University of Maine at Machias students and the local Bay Area Transfer Station recently joined forces in an effort to raise recycling awareness. The joint effort was part of the state-wide “Maine Recycles Week,” held November 8 – 15.

Partnering with Henry Chausse, Director of the Bay Area Transfer Station, the students used a variety of channels to help spread the word about the transfer station’s recently expanded services, which include the acceptance of #1 – 7 plastics. Students in UMM’s Social Psychology class and the Green Council designed an insert for the Machias Valley News Observer, recorded public service announcements on the campus radio station, WUMM 91.7, and spent the weekend at the Machias transfer station educating the community about recycling. The group also took the opportunity to remind the public that anyone can recycle at the local transfer stations for free.

The collaboration between the two organizations was a perfect example of UMM’s Service Learning/Community Engagement initiative, aimed at providing students with out-of-the-classroom experiences in the local community.

As part of the recycling awareness project, the group held a “Thank You for Recycling” prize drawing for a variety of items donated by local businesses. More than 140 people signed up for the drawing, which produced the following winners:

One Month Membership to the Fitness Center at UMM:  Mark Alley

$25 Gift Certificate to Helen’s Restaurant:  Bob Farnsworth

$10 Gift Certificate to Whole Life Natural Market:  Neal Sawick

Decorated Wreath from Parlin Flowers & Gifts:  Leslie Haynes

Shopping Bags donated by Machias Savings Bank (6 winners):  John Sprague, Jean Pennell, Galen Martin, Marge Ahlin, Orion Jensen, and Werden Grover

EcoFriendly Shopping Bags and a UMM Travel Mug:  Leigh Feeney and Bruce Sanford

10 - 30 lbs Trash Bags:  Jeff Currier

10 - 20 lbs Trash Bags:  Mary Tafs

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