Recycling event in Fort Kent collects 32 pallets of electronic trash

FORT KENT, Maine — An electronic waste recycling event collected 32 pallets of electronic trash on Saturday, June 29, at the St. Louis Church in Fort Kent. 

People disposed of electronic items such as television sets, computers, computer monitors, printers, stereo equipment, microwaves and cell phones.

North Coast Services, a New England-based specialty waste-handling and recycling company, picked up some of the items from the church for recycling, but will make a return trip to Fort Kent next week to gather the rest. 

“They didn’t realize how much stuff we had,” said the event’s organizer, Laura Audibert.

Less than 1 percent of the waste will be disposed of in landfills.

The St. John Vianney Parish Social Justice & Peace Commission along with Catholic Charities Maine, Parish Social Ministry Program hosted the free E-Waste Recycling Day.

North Coast will pay Catholic Charities up to 15 cents per pound of electronic waste collected. That money will be used to support local charitable endeavors through the Social Justice and Peace Commission. 

One possible use for the money will be to help support the group’s vegetable voucher program, according to Audibert. The vouchers are used by visitors of local food pantries to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

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