Better recycling pays off for Pawtucket

Better recycling pays off for Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET - A sharp increase in recycling in Pawtucket has paid off this year, according to city officials. Last Wednesday, the city received a rebate check of $95,148 as part of the annual profit sharing program from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

One year after the city introduced a new trash and recycling program, recycling rates in the city are at all-time highs, according to a news release. Residents converted 35 percent more tons of trash to recycling this year than last year at the same time.

"The increase in recycling not only generates rebate savings and increases in profit share, but it also has the added effect of reducing the trash fees because less refuse is delivered from the city to RIRRC," said Mayor Donald Grebien. "Overall, the rebate, reduced tipping fees, increase in profit share, and the new recycling program have proven successful for both the taxpayers and the environment."

Further improvements to the city's recycling rate are expected over the coming year.

"The city is undertaking several initiatives to continue to improve the recycling rate, reduce trash tipping fees, and promote a 'greener' city, including more outreach and education, as well as evaluating a commercial recycling pilot program," said Lance Hill, director of the Department of Public Works.

To encourage more recycling, officials have a 50/50 program for those residents who would like an additional recycling cart. Residents pay $30 for an added cart, half the $60 cost to the city.

Refuse and recycling calendars are available on the city's website, www.pawtucketri.com. For more information, contact Public Works by calling 401-728-0500, ext. 233, or emailing dpw@pawtucketri.com. For more recycling information, visit www.recycletogetherri.com .