MRC Director Greg Lounder stepping down

ELLSWORTH — With Fiberight’s Coastal Resources of Maine facility preparing to accept deliveries of waste next month, the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) has announced that longtime Executive Director Greg Lounder is stepping down next month to explore new career opportunities.

“Twenty-five years of dedicated service will be difficult to replace,” said MRC Board President Chip Reeves. “With his commitment to the MRC’s mission of ensuring affordable, environmentally sound disposal of municipal solid waste in the long term, Greg has been a staunch advocate of the Fiberight project on MRC’s behalf and we are honored to have had his service.”

Lounder, who began his career in municipal solid waste planning 27 years ago, said seeing the Fiberight plant be built and ready to open its doors this spring had been his most satisfying experience.

“Nothing will ever replace the sense of pride and accomplishment I have for the work of the MRC to successfully see this project transition from ‘back of the napkin’ concepts to the first trucks rolling into the advanced recycling processing facility in a few weeks,” Lounder said. “It’s been a long journey, but I’m confident in the abilities of my counterparts to take it from here and for the MRC to continue its mission.”

The MRC Board of Directors will formally consider Lounder’s resignation at its Feb. 27 meeting, where a management transition plan will be announced.

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