Statewide — Employees of transfer stations and dumps across Maine have released a statement about that bag of trash you’re about to throw out.
According to the statement, “that belongs in a different bin,” and is clearly marked. “Right here, on the bottom,” the statement reads.
The statement was issued after dump and transfer station attendants realized it would be a huge time saver to have one blanket statement covering where you were supposed to put that item you just tossed into the wrong place.
The statement also reads “no, I’ll get it out, just remember it for next time” when it comes to putting the trash and recycling into the proper place.
Even towns with single-stream recycling, designed to cut down on the amount of times a dump worker tells you “no, that’s no the right place, it goes over there,” is covered in the statement.
“Styrofoam goes in the refuse bin,” it reads.
Bubble wrap is not recyclable, the statement also points out, but the air bags sometimes used in packaging are. However, even though they’re clearly marked as number 2 plastic, they still may fall under the initial statement.
“We’re not sure what they think down to the main center so we just tell people to throw them into the trash compactor,” it reads.
The statement is one of thousands expected to be issued as more and more people are given a tiny bit of authority to lord over you as it becomes more difficult to throw your garbage away.
“We can’t wait until we get to tell people what kind of compost can’t be put in that bin,” a spokesperson said.