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Trash Talk (and Recycling!) with Ecomaine
May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
“Know before you throw!” Join us for a discussion about Maine’s landfills, recycling systems, and what you can do to support a more sustainable waste stream. Learn from the experts at ecomaine about all-things related to recycling and sustainable waste management. Learn what ‘wish-cycling’ is, and why it might be more harmful than you think.
Our presenter, Nathan Cronauer, joined ecomaine as an Environmental Educator in February 2022. His passion for sustainable waste management began early on, helping his dad make runs to their local transfer station as a kid. The sights, the sounds, and sometimes even the smells got the gears in his brain turning! Where does this stuff end up? How do we get rid of it? And what can be done to reduce the mountains of waste amassing around the world? Nate saw a beautiful pragmatism in how we deal with our discarded resources and has been hooked ever since. From starting a recycling club in high school to earning a B.A. in Environmental Planning and Policy, with a concentration on Municipal Solid Waste management, at the University of Southern Maine, he’s been fascinated at finding the best environmental and economic solutions to our waste systems.
Some positions Nate has held in the sustainable waste management industry include Green Team Leader for Whole Foods Market Portland, Waste Crew Lead for the University of Southern Maine, Co-coordinator for the Compost and Recycling tent for the Common Ground Fair/ Maine Organic Farms and Gardens Association (MOFGA), Program Developer for the USM Eco-Reps, and lead outreach associate for Maine Green Power. Each of these positions have allowed Nate a unique perspective into the multiple facets of the sustainable waste industry and has helped develop a well-rounded and informed approach and how to best tackle the current problems our waste sector and environment face.