Casella’s Impact on the Lewiston area economy

07 Jan

Casella drives other buisnesses away from communities where they set up operations.

Biddeford & Saco business owners have argued for years of the need to close MERC if the communities are to attract businesses and tenants.

Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant said MERC been “a big blue obstacle” to transforming the city’s former textile mills into residential, retail and manufacturing spaces, with investors hesitant to move to a city dubbed “Trashtown USA.”

Will Lewiston become the new Trashtown?

Source: “Biddeford without MERC: ‘We will no longer be known as a stink town‘,” Portland Press Herald, November 30, 2012


In 2007 Lewiston was one of 10 cities in the country named an All-American City by the National Civic League.

The oldest community recognition program in the nation selects communities that exemplify the true American spirit at work, withresidents are actively committed to ensuring that their community is a safe, nurturing place to live. Cities can win the award multiple times, and Auburn was a prior winner.

Lewiston was also ranked the 31st healthiest community in the Country by Business and Development Outlook, an economic development trade publication that ranks US metro areas health based on quality of life issues, including air and water quality.

…“Any organization desires a location that will allow the healthiest lifestyle and medical resources for its employees,” wrote the editors of BDO. “No matter what circumstances may arise in the boardroom or in the warehouse, employees need to be healthy in order to live well.”

In 2006, the Lewiston-Auburn area was ranked as one of the safest places to live in the country by the Farmers Insurance Group. The ranking included consideration of crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, and environmental hazards.


Does Lewiston now want to become known as an All American Dump?


The Toxics Action Center named Casella Waste among its 12 most flagrant polluters of 2012 in New England.

“The threat long term (from Casella landfills and incinerators) is enormous,” said Ed Spencer of Orono Community Forums, who lives less than two miles from Casella’s landfill in Old Town and has been part of a citizen watchdog effort monitoring Casella’s operations in northern Maine. “They’re great at making promises, but they’ve failed to deliver.”

Source: “Maine company, pipeline make ‘Dirty Dozen’ polluters list: Casella Waste Management has a long history in Maine...” Portland Press Herald, Nov 29, 2012


Lewiston owns and operates its own landfill, which has disposal capacity in excess of 40 years at current disposal rates.

Non-recyclable waste from Casella’s single stream processing facility would be allowed in the landfill after it’s burned in Auburn’s MMWAC incinerator.


Will Casella attempt to get control of MMWAC?

Will the Lewiston landfill lose its 40-plus years disposal capacity once Casella gets permission to start dumping burnt out-of-state waste?


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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Current Events


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