PORTLAND — Waterville resident Stu Silverstein was named a winner of the 2015 eco-Excellence Award for his advocacy on behalf of single-sort recycling, according to a press release.

“As you may know, Waterville embraced single-sort recycling earlier this year, and the change was not without controversy. Mr. Silverstein is a Waterville resident, and he’s a big part of why Waterville embraced this change,” ecomaine Board of Directors Chairman Jim Gailey said in a news release. “He was on the front lines when Waterville began to consider a move to single sort recycling and Pay as You Throw. He put in countless volunteer hours to help move the city in the direction of these sustainable waste practices and never backed down. Absent his dedication, Waterville might not be diverting more than 50 percent of its waste from the solid waste stream, as the city does today.”

Ecomaine is the nonprofit, recycling and waste-to-energy operation that serves 25 percent of the state’s population; it is owned by 20 communities and is located in Portland.

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