On October 6, 2000 the City permitted a brush storage area at the landfill with Maine Department of Environmental (MDEP). Prior to the permit, the City disposed of all its brush and tree waste in the landfill which was wasting valuable space for Brewer residents. Now brush is stockpiled for a year and in October a contractor is hired to grind, haul and dispose of the brush. The contractor performs the work for free and keeps the revenues from selling the grindings to a paper mill to burn in its boiler. This has been a very successful program where between 300 – 400 tons of material are removed from the site each year. There is no charge for brush recycling for Brewer residents.