New trash-to-energy plant breaks ground in Hampden

By The Associated Press

A legal battle hasn't prevented a garbage-recycling facility from breaking ground in Hampden.

 

HAMPDEN, Maine (AP) — A legal battle hasn't prevented a garbage-recycling facility from breaking ground in Hampden.

The Fiberight plant aims to recycle garbage and transform it into biofuel. Hampden Mayor David Ryder says the state-of-the-art plant is the "latest technology available for what we need today."

Hampden and dozens of other towns in Eastern Maine are partnering with the company.

Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul says he's confident enough to proceed with ground breaking last week despite an appeal over permits by a potential competitor, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company.

But not everyone see the value in the projects. WABI-TV reports that some towns in the region think it's too much of a risky venture and will continue sending trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company.

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