My hometown was once the host of a regional waste-to-energy incinerator and all of the challenges that go along with having such a facility located in the heart of our downtown area.
The Maine Energy Recovery Company (MERC), owned by Casella Waste Systems, dominated the local political landscape for nearly three decades and remains today as one of the most contentious issues facing my hometown.
In 2004, while serving as the editor of the Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier, I launched a project to explore every facet of MERC’s presence, including its history, operations and its role as part of Maine’s solid waste infrastructure. The MERC: In Focus series featured no less than 19 weekly installments, including an in-depth look at Maine’s solid waste policies and the implications of a throw-away culture.
Selected segments of that series can be found by following the links below: