Ecomaine awards $1 million in rebates

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PORTLAND — With a windfall of $199,120, Portland heads the list of communities receiving rebates from ecomaine, according to an Oct. 21 press release from the regional waste-to-energy company.

The company, owned by 20 Cumberland and York county communities, also set aside $500,000 to help offset any future downturns in the market for recyclable items.

Ecomaine Board of Directors Chairman Jim Gailey, who is also South Portland city manager, said the awards reflect good financial fortunes.

“We ended the recently closed fiscal year in a strong position, so on Oct. 17, our board of directors approved a motion to provide a one-time refund totaling $1 million,” Gailey said.

The rebates, determined by the average amount of solid waste tonnage shipped from communities, reflect a 27 percent increase in the price of generated electricity and a 22 percent increase in prices for recyclables.

Among the other recipients were:

• South Portland – $127,194

• Scarborough – $110,870

• Cape Elizabeth – $52,36

• Yarmouth – $46,014

• Falmouth – $42,02

• Freeport – $34,077

• Cumberland – $31,609

• North Yarmouth – $12,049.

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