About Us

Maine Waste to Energy provides reliable, safe, and economical waste processing and disposal services for members, associate towns, private haulers, and local citizens. Our advanced facility uses efficient combustion and air pollution control equipment to create clean, renewable energy from an unavoidable byproduct of life. The modern process lessens landfill volumes, minimizes air pollution, and helps offset the use of fossil fuels. It is a necessary and effective part of Maine’s waste hierarchy that we are proud to provide to our communities.

Our History

Prior to the emergence of waste-to-energy facilities, the majority of municipal solid waste produced throughout the country was sent to landfills. The waste-to-energy process was created to reduce the need for landfilling solid waste, reduce the threat of groundwater pollution, and recover valuable energy in the process. Mid-Maine Waste Action Corporation (MMWAC) was created in 1986 as a not-for-profit organization to support waste management for 12 local municipalities. In 1990, MMWAC vastly improved

an existing facility with a 250-ton/day incinerator equipped with a 5-megawatt turbine generator and advanced air pollution control equipment. The updated facility uses the most advanced systems in the country. All air emissions are controlled with an effective combustion system featuring high burnout and destruction of organics, lime slurry scrubbers neutralize acid gases, a carbon injection system removes mercury and organics, and a highly efficient baghouse removes particulates. Despite a complicated and

often misunderstood history for waste-to-energy, our facility operates at the highest standards and as a vital part of Maine’s waste hierarchy. We responsibly process 72,000 tons of waste per year, generating enough steam to create about 17,000 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity annually. That’s enough to power at least 2,000 homes! On November 1st, 2018 we changed our name to Maine Waste to energy (MWE) to more accurately reflect what we do here at MWE.

Partners

Town of Weld
Town of Turner
Town of Livermore
Town of Otisfield
City of Lewiston
Norway/Paris Solid Waste
Town of Greene
Town of Lisbon
Town of Mechanic Falls
Town of Chatham, NH
Town of Stow
Town of Hebron
Town of Oxford
Town of Winthrop
Town of West Gardiner

Board of Directors

Wales

Paul Landry

President | Executive Committee

Monmouth

Curtis Lunt

Town Manager | Vice President | Executive Committee

Auburn

Leroy Walker

City Councilor | Executive Committee

Bowdoin

Roy Letourneau

Executive Committee

Buckfield

Joe Roach

Town Manager | Board Member

Lovell

Bob Drew

Selectmen | Board Member

New Gloucester

Carrie Castonguay

Town Manager | Treasurer | Executive Committee

Poland

Marvin Larrabee

Board Member

Raymond

Mark Gendron

Selectmen | Board Member

Sumner

Mary Ann Haxton

Selectmen | Board Member

Sweden

Bruce Taylor

Selectmen | Board Member

Senior Staff

John King

Executive Director

Michael Daily

Finance Director

Marc Vachon

Plant Manager

Benjamin Dow

Operations & Maintenance Manager