City will run bin inspections after $61,000 in unexpected costs

City will run bin inspections after $61,000 in unexpected costs

PAWTUCKET – The Department of Public Works is reminding residents of the city’s recycling ordinance as officials make plans to run inspections on bins to minimize rejected loads and additional unforeseen costs.

Over the last nine months, the city has paid an additional $61,000 in unforeseen charges due to rejected loads, states a release.

“Every time a load is rejected the city is fined $250, and then there is the cost of the weighted material now going as waste at an average of $282 for a total of $532 for each rejected load,” said Public Works Business Manager Richard Karsulavitch. “If we continue on this path, we as a city are looking at $75,000 in additional expenses this year that could have been averted with proper recycling techniques.”

In response to these additional costs, the DPW will be out enforcing the city charter on recycling. Recycling bins will be inspected throughout the city for proper recycling and compliance. An orange sticker will be left on the container stating that the contents must be corrected before the following collection two weeks later, where it will be re-inspected for compliance.

Back in 2013, all eligible residential properties received blue recycling bins for recycling including materials, plastics, paper, aluminum, and cardboard when the city moved to single stream recycling with the intention of making the process easier for residents.

“There are a number of benefits to recycling including protecting the environment, conserving resources, and reducing the waste that ends up in our landfills,” said DPW Director Eric Earls. “The process will not work, however, if our loads continue to get rejected by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery due to contamination. It is important that we are all diligent when disposing of waste such as garden hoses, clothing, food, TVs, air conditioners, car tires, and plastic bags as they do not belong in recycling.”

City ordinances call for a written warning for a first offense in failing to separate recyclables and trash, a $25 fine for a second offense, and a summons and fine of $100 to $500 for a third or subsequent offense.

“Proper recycling can result in keeping your taxes low,” says the DPW.

Call 401-728-0500, ext. 260, or email DPW@pawtucketri.com for more.