Orrington Old Home Week


Meet the Terminator at PERC's Open House

No, not the Arnold Schwarzenegger character, but something equally as formidable – PERC’s Komptech 6000s slow-speed grinder, also known as the Terminator.

Actually, PERC now has two of these impressive machines which can grind up all kinds of waste for use as fuel in its waste to energy plant – including lots of material that normally goes to landfills.

You can see the Terminator in action and much more on Saturday, July 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when PERC holds its annual Open House as part of Old Home Week.

As in past years, there will be educational displays, a “touch-a-truck” area featuring heavy equipment, trucks, and public safety vehicles, and special games for the kids.

New this year will be a yard sale, with all money received being matched by PERC and donated to a local charity, and freshly grilled hot dogs and hamburgers.

Visitors 18 and older can take a tour of the PERC plant as long as they are wearing closed-toe shoes.

The PERC plant, located at 29 Industrial Way and River Road, serves more than 40 Maine towns and cities, as well as commercial waste haulers from throughout the region, taking their waste and turning it into renewable power.

PERC plays an important role in Maine’ solid waste management hierarchy, keeping waste out of our landfills by reducing it by 90% in volume and processing it as fuel to generate electricity. PERC’s commitment to the environment has earned it awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

PERC owners are continuing to make important new investments to make its operations more efficient, and its skilled and dedicated employees are always finding for ways to recover more metals and other recyclables and process more materials, such as carpet and bulky wastes, that historically goes to landfills.

For the men and women of Orrington’s PERC plant, it’s all about making sure that the right waste gets to the right place in the most efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly manner. Stop by the open house and learn more about how they do it.

Plant Manager Hank Lang and Rep. Dick Campbell stand next to PERC’s newest Terminator at the Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Conference at the Samoset in Rockport earlier this year.