A planned waste-to-energy plant in Hampden has extended a May 1 deadline for communities to join the project because it has received only about half the commitments for municipal waste that it needs to be viable.
Cities and towns now have until June 30 to decide whether to sign on to the proposed Fiberight plant once their contracts with the Penobcot Energy Recovery Co. incinerator expire in 2018.
Waterville Public Works employees watch as a city garbage truck drops a load off at the Oakland transfer station in 2014. Trash from the transfer station is taken to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington, but when communities' contracts with PERC end in 2018, Waterville plans to bring its garbage to a landfill in Norridgewock while Oakland has signed on to a new biofuel plan proposed for Hampden. Staff file photo by David Leaming
So far 75 communities, which represent about 78,000 tons of trash a year, have agreed to sign on with Fiberight, said Greg Lounder, executive director of the Municipal Review Committee, which comprises 187 communities that bring their garbage to the PERC incinerator in Orrington.
Fiberight needs about 150,000 tons a year to be viable, officials have said.