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Large-scale recycling project turning years of trash into treasure
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Decades worth of ash leftover from ecomaine's waste to energy plant had been sitting, wasting away in a landfill, but a surge in the price of metals has them mining the 30 acre site for buried metal.

"You can see some cans here, an oil filter, some nails, chains, horse shoes," said ecomaine general manager Kevin Roche as he sifted through mounds of charred metal.  "That magnet is actually pulling them out, and that is how they are sorting it, the magnet is pulling out all the ferrous metals."

Roche estimates about $280,000 worth of metal is buried in the 30 acre ash landfill, where hundreds of thousands of tons of material have been buried since ecomaine's plant began operation in the late 1980's.

Aside from recycling metals that can be put back to good use, the non-profit organization is also creating more space to dispose of material that is not recyclable.  Roche estimates that added space is worth another $200,000 to the organization.

Ecomaine is owned by 21 member communities in southern Maine that send their trash to the waste to energy facility.

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