BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- City leaders are working on a deal that would close the unpopular trash plant in the heart of the downtown area.
Maine Energy Recovery Company has long been a controversial business for Biddeford's residents and business leaders. City leaders have been meeting with Casella, the owner of the plant, to discuss the city purchasing the plant and tearing it down. There are significant downsides to closing the plant. Between 70 and 80 employees would lose their jobs and Biddeford would lose 800 thousand dollars a year in property taxes. But Mayor Alan Casavant says without Maine Energy, Biddeford can fully reach it's potential for economic growth.
I think by doing what we're doing we make a statement regarding Maine Energy and to the rest of the state that Biddeford wants to do business, we're going to do what's in our powers to make this a better business climate.
If the deal goes through, the waste that would normally go to Maine Energy would go to Westbrook to be sorted, and whatever can't be recycled would go to the state-owned landfill in Old Town.