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Solid Waste Facility
(207) 782-4200
424 River Road
Lewiston, ME

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Pigeon Hill Transfer Station
(207) 345-3556
at the end of Austin Road
Mechanic Falls, ME

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Freeport Recycling/Transfer Station
(207) 865-3740
Landfill Road
Freeport, ME

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Crow International Inc.
(207) 667-6688
Washington Jct. Rd. P.O. Box 1048
Ellsworth, ME

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Hatch Hill Solid Waste Facility
(207) 626-2435
Hatch Hill Road
Augusta, ME

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Lisbon Transfer and Recycling Center
(207) 353-3009
14 Capital Avenue
Lisbon, ME

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Maine Materials Exchange
(207) 865-6621
93 Maquoint Drive
Freeport, ME

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Maine Solar Energy Association
PO Box 184
Harrington, ME
 
J & J Sales Co.
(207) 576-1464
220 State Road
Kittery, ME

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York Curbside Collection Program
(207) 363-1010
186 York. St
York, ME

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Solar Detoxification

Solar energy is useful in many different ways. In some industrial and other processes, sunlight is used to detoxify water or air. Solar energy is free heat that can be used to heat water or air to a proper temperature where chemicals are neutralized.

This process takes two basic forms, similar to the two basic forms of solar energy used: solar photovoltaics and solar thermal.

One process uses photochemical reactions where ultra-violet light from the sun is absorbed by chemicals. These chemicals in turn cause a reaction.

Some photocatalysts are hydrogen peroxide, Ferrioxalate and Titanium Dioxide. For example, hydrogen peroxide (still commonly used as an antiseptic) reacts with ultra-violet rays, forming hydroxyl radicals that can rapidly destroy contaminants.

Another process is called thermal reactions. Here, heat is collected and concentrated in conjunction with themalcatalysts, various chemicals that react with the sunlight to create more heat. These thermalcatalysts are aided by solar collectors that concentrate sunlight (sometimes into an oxidation chamber), thus raising water to a very high temperature.

Solar energy can also be used to clean the air. Airborne contaminants are destroyed by a reaction between ultraviolet light and Titanium Dioxide (TiO2).

Air can also be heated naturally to a temperature high enough to destroy pathogens and other contaminants. This is used in processes including indoor air treatment, deodorizing, air disinfe...

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