Pawtucket's automated recycling program starts Monday

Pawtucket's automated recycling program starts Monday

Smaller bins available as an option, but not encouraged

PAWTUCKET - There will surely be some kinks to work out when the city's new bi-weekly recycling program begins on Monday, Aug. 5, but city officials say the new privately-run system is ready to go.

The final phase of Pawtucket's transition to a new recycling system, automated collection from large new blue recycling carts is expected to boost the city's bottom line on waste disposal savings and create a more compact and cohesive system across the city. Workers from Seekonk-based MTG Disposal will collect the recycling carts every other week.

As is the case with every other Rhode Island community, all recyclable items can now be dumped in one cart and placed curbside. Trucks with the automatic arms will then pick them up.

Workers are distributing 96-gallon recycling bins to all homes. Officials from the Department of Public Works are creating a master list of people who either want an extra bin to accommodate their high volume of recycling or who want a smaller 65-gallon bin.

Dylan Zelazo, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien's administration, said that the smaller bins are an option for those who find the larger bins unwieldy and difficult to use, but officials are hoping most residents will be able to work with what they have been given. Instead of writing off the larger bins right away, residents are urged "try them out" to "see how they work" for them, said Zelazo.

Residents are reminded that the new recycling carts are to be used for recycling only, and not for regular trash. For information on what items can and cannot be recycled, visit www.recycletogetherri.org . Additional recycling and trash collection information was provided in a pamphlet distributed with each new recycling cart.

Collection of regular trash will not change and will continue on a weekly basis. The yard and leaf waste programs, which operate on a seasonal basis, are also unchanged with weekly collection continuing during the season.

Residents needing a pamphlet or who have questions about the sanitation pickup and recycling program should contact the Department of Public Works by phone at 401-728-0500, ext. 282, or by email at dpw@pawtucketri.com. Advertisements are also running in local newspapers. Additional information is available at www.pawtucketri.com .