Searsmont News

By Catherine McGahan | Sep 10, 2017

Cathy McGahan



Town Office

There are a couple of recycling opportunities that the Town Office would like to share with residents:

The first, sponsored by Belfast Rotary, takes place on Saturday, September 23rd, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Belfast Public Works Department parking lot where they will be collecting electronic waste (computers, TVs, small appliances, etc.) for disposal, personal documents for shredding, and disposal of unwanted medications.  The shredding service is available to personal users only (no commercial/business documents), and is limited to 5 (2’ x 1’ x 1’) file boxes per person.  Staples, paper clips, and small binder clips do not need to be removed.  All shredding will be done on site.  Visit or call Doug Smith at 338-3704 for details or questions.

The second event is the Maine Obsolete Pesticide Collection Program, sponsored by the Maine Board of Pesticides Control and the DEP.  The collection of old, unusable pesticides at sites in Bangor and Augusta will take place in October, but registration is required by September 30th.  For more information, visit or call 287-2731.

We find it a bit ironic that the pesticide board web site is called “thinkfirstspraylast”, yet the DOT had no qualms about spraying herbicides along the roadsides throughout town recently, with no advance notice to the town or residents.  A local resident and First Selectman Bruce Brierley met with a DOT representative to discuss concerns about the spraying.  There may be an option for the town as a whole to enter into a no-spray agreement, but it will come with responsibility for making sure the roadside right-of-ways remain brush-free.  The Selectmen are researching options and costs and may have an article about it on the Town Meeting Warrant next year.


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