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    Workers separate recyclable materials at the ecomaine facility in Portland.

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    Ecomaine processed a record 43,667 tons of recycled material during the last fiscal year.

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    A conveyor belt carries recyclable materials to be sorted at ecomaine. The depressed value of recycled materials worldwide is eating into the facility's revenue, contributing to a loss totaling $3 million, compared to three years ago.

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    Nestus Mukesh sorts through recyclable material at the ecomaine. To help cover the cost of operations, ecomaine has joined the national trend of charging haulers a fee when they bring recycled materials to the waste-to-energy plant.

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    An employee shows glass that has been ground by ecomaine.

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    Workers sort and transport recyclable materials at ecomaine in Portland.

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    Jamie Romero, left, tosses a plastic container as he sorts materials on a conveyor belt at ecomaine.

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