Recently, I joined the Ellsworth Green Plan’s Solid Waste Subcommittee. This group looks at ways to better manage the waste stream. I’ve volunteered on similar committees in three cities in the past three decades and have met several legislators.
I am impressed with Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth), a member of the subcommittee, and the depth of her knowledge and the practical actions she promotes. For example, reducing the amount of solid waste is the most effective approach. A good first step was banning plastics bags and polystyrene containers in Maine. Those were bills that Rep. Grohoski championed. Currently, in the Legislature, she is working on the Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging bill. This, to me, is an altogether more sensible and effective way to address solid waste issues.
At a recent constituent coffee hour, I listened to a discussion about a bill dealing with an environmental issue, with which I was unfamiliar. Rep. Grohoski provided detailed answers and background about the subject. Her standards for gathering data and supporting information are necessarily rigorous. This is important for crafting effective legislation.
When I presented information about a different bill that I support, she had helpful insights about the legislative process and how best to advocate for the bill. I appreciate that my discussions with Rep. Grohoski have been meaningful and productive conversations.
Amidst the noise of fractious politics, it’s encouraging to observe the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of Rep. Grohoski’s work. I thank her for working on behalf of her constituents and the Maine environment.