Keep Maine Clean kicks off on Wildfire today



The Maine Resource Recovery Association launches a new statewide program called Keep Maine Clean on the new edition of Wildlife, airing for the first time tonight. Shelby Wright, Director of Communications and Development for the MRRA, is our guest on this edition of the TV talk show that I host with James Cote.

Wildfire airs on Time Warner cable station 9 on Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 6:30 pm, and Sundays at 9:30 am. You can also access the new show, and previous shows, online at

Keep Maine Clean will build an army of good folks who pick up trash along our roads and highways, something I’ve been doing for years in Mount Vernon. Regular readers of this column will know that I’ve been writing about road slobs, and the proposed Keep Maine Clean program, for years, since Tom Doak of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and I came up with the idea.

The Maine Resource Recovery Association is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Bangor whose membership includes 162 Maine towns and cities along with recycling and waste-management businesses. It’s a perfect place to house the program. James and I are working with Shelby on this project.

You’ll learn more about MRRA and Keep Maine Clean by watching Wildfire. And I hope you will join us in this important project. You can sign up by emailing Shelby at  And please join our Keep Maine Clean group on Facebook.


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.