Southern Maine recycling businesses look beyond conflict

Disagreements over waste management encourages local businesses to move on.

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An article in the Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Maine, reports that several private companies in Maine are seeking to expand their operations in the field of waste collection and recycling across the country. 

“The waste story in this country is still the Wild West,” Clayton Kyle, CEO of bottle redemption company Clynk, based in South Portland, told the newspaper. “There is a lot of opportunity and a lot of things that we can do better given the technology and economic strength of this country.” 
 
To this end, Clynk announced last month it would expand to 51 Hannaford stores in New York by the end of the year, which will be serviced by a new recycling plant in Scotia, New York.
 
The article adds that Portland-based Garbage to Garden will use additional funding from business pitch contests and 2015 revenue to support an expansion into the Boston area. To stay competitive, it will charge $14 per month for weekly pickup services. 
 
Hellocycle, a Biddeford-based recycler, will charge $9 per month to allow customers to mail in smaller, hard-to-recycle items, such as light bulbs and batteries. Company founder, state Rep. Marty Grohman, told the newspaper he hopes to capitalize on an audience that would rather not travel but would still like to recycle. 
 
“You can recycle almost anything if there’s enough of it in one place,” Grohman said. “The hard part is getting enough of it in one place.”