Trash being shipped to an Orrington incinerator from Ireland washes up on shores of Sears Island

Trash being shipped to an Orrington incinerator from Ireland washes up on shores of Sears Island


SEARSPORT, Maine — Shredded plastic from Northern Ireland that was destined to be burned at an Orrington waste-to-electricity plant has begun washing up on the shores of Sears Island.

The tiny pieces of brightly covered plastic debris littered the high-tide line along more than half a mile of the northwest corner of the island. A crew from Clean Harbors Environmental in Hampden on Wednesday began the painstaking work of separating the plastic from the half-frozen seaweed and bagging it up for removal.

The amount of plastic that washed upon the shores, and its nearly 3,000-mile journey from Europe, was perplexing to many Mainers who share d photos of the debris online. A Stockton Springs man discovered the debris while walking his dog on the island Tuesday morning. He alerted a local journalist, who took the photos, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, which is conducting an investigation.



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