The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) is an association of Maine cities and towns with 187 municipal members charged with looking after the interest Maine municipalities and saving them money. It is committed by its original purpose and mission to pursue solutions for its members’ solid waste in a way that is affordable, environmentally sound and sustainable for the long-term.


The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) is an association of Maine cities and towns with 187 municipal members charged with looking after the interest Maine municipalities and saving them money. It is committed by its original purpose and mission to pursue solutions for its members’ solid waste in a way that is affordable, environmentally sound and sustainable for the long-term.

Tony Smith


How MRC Works for Maine Towns

A partnership. The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) is a group of Maine cities and towns that have joined together as a nonprofit organization to manage their municipal solid waste (MSW) issues. Since it was founded, it has proactively addressed long-term challenges on behalf of its members. [Learn More]


How MRC Works for Maine Towns

A partnership. The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) is a group of Maine cities and towns that have joined together as a nonprofit organization to manage their municipal solid waste (MSW) issues. Since it was founded, it has proactively addressed long-term challenges on behalf of its members. [Learn More]

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MRC Has Made Municipal Solid Waste Disposal a Non-Issue for Member Towns

The power of cooperation. Before MRC was formed in 1991, each town was on its own in finding a solution for MSW disposal. Many secured separate 30-year contracts with the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC), a waste-to-energy incinerator in Orrington. In 1990, PERC could not perform to meet the independent contracts as promised and was facing closure. That year, a number of towns came together to manage the crisis and negotiate with a common voice. As a result of this coordinated restructuring and new MRC oversight role, PERC stayed open and became profitable and stable over time. From its initial membership of 86 municipalities, MRC’s membership has since grown to 187 towns and cities.



Cathy Conlow

MRC Has Made Municipal Solid Waste Disposal a Non-Issue for Member Towns

The power of cooperation. Before MRC was formed in 1991, each town was on its own in finding a solution for MSW disposal. Many secured separate 30-year contracts with the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC), a waste-to-energy incinerator in Orrington. In 1990, PERC could not perform to meet the independent contracts as promised and was facing closure. That year, a number of towns came together to manage the crisis and negotiate with a common voice. As a result of this coordinated restructuring and new MRC oversight role, PERC stayed open and became profitable and stable over time. From its initial membership of 86 municipalities, MRC’s membership has since grown to 187 towns and cities.

Cathy Conlow

MRC’s SUCCESS

MRC’s success has been demonstrated by how little known it is to the public. Before it was created, MSW was one of the major issues for every town around the state, just like schools, roads and fire departments. When a town joined the MRC, it no longer needed to worry about waste disposal, taking an often contentious item off the table and getting at least one budget line reliably known. While there have been constant funding crises in state revenue sharing, education and other services, member communities MSW services have remained stable. 


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