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Morning Star

Millinocket Recycles

MILLINOCKET -- At its June 12th meeting, the Millinocket town council approved measures including mandatory recycling and increased fees for the disposal of certain wastes.

Recycling of the following items shall be mandatory in the Town of Millinocket by all residents and businesses:

  • Newsprint, magazines, and catalogues
  • Metal cans
  • Plastic jugs
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paper board boxes
  • Glass jars

Persons found to be in violation of the recycling ordinance may be liable for fines of up to %50 for the first offense, and from $100 to $1,000 for additional offenses.

“This won’t be a universally popular decision,” said Councilor Polstein. But, he added, “I support it.”

The council also voted to double the current fees for the disposal of tires. It will now cost $2 to dispose of a tire up to a 14” diameter, $4 for those from 15” to 16” diameter, and $10 for tires that are from 17” to 20” in diameter. Larger tires will not be accepted at the Millinocket facility.

The fee for disposing shingles will be $25 per level pick-up load, or part thereof.

The disposal of demolition materials, such as brick, cement, and cement block, will be $20 per level pick-up load, or part thereof. Larger volumes will not be accepted at the facility.


Initially intended to go into effect July 1, 2003, the council decided to postpone the implementation of these fees until August, when it was pointed out that contractors may already have bid on jobs without figuring these additional fees into their bid.

Signs will be posted at the facility, and a brochure will be prepared explaining these changes.

-- Ken Anderson 06/17/03