ELLSWORTH — The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) is continuing efforts to bridge the waste disposal gap, following reports that the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town will no longer be accepting MRC’s member towns’ waste beginning in October of this year.
In a statement to The Ellsworth American, MRC Executive Director Greg Lounder stated that “the MRC is actively involved in business discussions with multiple parties in an effort to continue disposal services in the most efficient and cost-effective means possible over the remainder of the interim period.
“The talks are progressing in a constructive manner and we expect to provide further details the week of Sept. 17, if not before.”
The short-term gap in waste-disposal sites is a result of delays in construction at the Fiberight facility in Hampden and an appeals process filed by the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC), which had previously handled MRC waste.
MRC Board Vice President Karen Fussell stated that, “The primary reason for Fiberight’s delay in opening is the 238 days the approval of its DEP permit was held up due to the appeal filed by PERC.”
Fussell also stated that MRC was still pleased with the Fiberight construction process. The facility is expected to open and begin receiving recycling and waste products this fall.
Fiberight will be hosting a press day on Sept. 18, however facility staff would not comment on a specific opening date.