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Town will seek new handler of compost at Recycling Center

The William H. Jordan Farm, handler of compost at the Recycling Center at 2005, will no longer be doing so.

The Town Council on Nov. 6, 2017 agreed to terminate the composting contract at the request of the farm. "(The) Wm H Jordan Farm, LLC (dba Jordan's Farm) has decided that the compost operation at the Recycling Center no longer fits with our business plan," reads a letter from farm representative Carol Anne Jordan. "Therefore, we would like to terminate our contract with the Town of Cape Elizabeth as of December 31, 2017."

Robert Malley, director of Public Works, told councilors that he believed terminating the agreement would be mutually beneficial. "We've had other contractors expressing an interest in managing the program for us," said Malley.

Malley said he recommended the town continue to contract the program to a third party, "just from a marketing standpoint and from managing the incoming material that comes in." Use of a private compost contractor began as a pilot in 2000, and the program was taken over by the Jordan Farm in 2005.

Plans are to issue a request for proposals from contractors, due in January.