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Turkey Tracks: Dump Run!

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Turkey Tracks:  January 12, 2014


What do we do with our trash and garbage in Camden, Maine?

We take it to the dump–where we have a massive recycling program.

I start by recycling as much of my garbage as I can here at home.  I have three compost containers out back of the garage for anything I can compost, and I have a bin of worms in the utility room here in the house.  (There is a blog post on the worms–vermiculture.)

I sort trash in the garage.  There is the garbage that can’t be composted (meat, oils, for instance).  Other categories include returnable bottles (Maine has a returnable tax/refund on bottles), cans/steel, aluminum soda cans (I don’t have any of those really), glass, milk jugs (not many of those as I buy milk in glass containers), food plastic, newspapers, mail and boxboard, cardboard, brown paper sacks.  You get the idea…

Here’s a video of our dump, and you can tell I went on a very windy, cold day.  I speak at first of the blue bins at the front end of the dump line where bottles are deposited.

Recyclable/refund bottles get sorted by clear and color–and there are bins where the Lion’s Club picks up bottles for the refunds.  Just off-site is another organization (Coastal Workshop) where one can drop bottles and the organization gets the refund.

Here’s a long shot down the recycling containers–you can see the entry point–the little red building–behind the car.  I’ve never been sure what goes on in the big building to the left.  There are offices in there–and probably dump equipment.


Here’s a container.  There are big openings to throw stuff in along both sides of the containers.


My goodness!  My car is waaaaayyy  dirty!


What can’t be recycled goes into yellow pay-as-you-go bags–I think they are $1.50 now–and gets burned.  This method is thought to encourage people to recycle as much as they can.

This trip I have two bags:


The bags get thrown into a hopper as one leaves the dump–where the bags are crushed into a much smaller footprint.


The dump also has a “Swap Shop”–which is closed for the winter.  The Swap Shop is run by volunteers and is beloved by the community.


In the summer, there are always interesting items to be found at the Swap Shop.  It’s a great place to take items you are not using, but which someone else might treasure.  I got a small dog house there that John painted and repaired.  The chickens adore it!  I used it the year we let a mother hen hatch and raise babies.

And in the summer, or warmer weather anyway, you never know who you will run into at the dump.  It is often a place for a quick visit with someone you maybe have not seen in a while.

Written by louisaenright

January 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm