Camden Select Board member receives eco-Excellence award

Jan 15, 2018
Alison McKellar, son Mason and ecomaine Business Development Manager Lissa Bittermann

Camden — Ecomaine, a Portland-based waste-to-energy plant, presented an eco-Excellence Award in the individual category to Camden Select Board member Alison McKellar during the Camden Select Board meeting Jan. 11.

Select Board Member Owen Casas of Rockport, Anna Sideris of Lincolnville, and Jim Guerra of the Midcoast Solid Waste Corporation nominated McKellar for the award. She was selected among 17 award recipients in total, from ten ecomaine member communities.

McKellar was nominated for her work as a self-proclaimed “waste geek” to learn about the town’s options as the expiration of the MidCoast Solid Waste Corporation’s contract with Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation approaches. She rallied unprecedented participation from her fellow Camden residents to attend town meetings, write letters, film public service announcements, blog, post to Facebook, and send tweets. She also put together the "Waste Watchers" committee of concerned citizens that has earned advisory group clout with the MidCoast Solid Waste Board of Directors.

McKellar has also reclaimed six overseas containers worth of materials that would otherwise

have been waste, and successfully delivered these materials to Syrian refugee camps. This included sheet plastic, medical aids such as walkers, crutches, canes and even prosthetic devices and braces, as well as a large number of buckets useful to haul water. She has lobbied the local hospital for its defunct examination tables as well as many other medical items that would have entered the waste stream.

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