Town considers second recycling bins, increased frequency

Town considers second recycling bins, increased frequency

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials will consider a couple of proposals to help increase recycling in town.

The Town Council’s finance subcommittee, at its Oct. 26 meeting, will hold a discussion and possible vote on the cost and feasibility of:

• Providing additional recycling totes at no cost to residents who request them;

• And/or increasing the frequency of recycling pickups for every household.

The town currently runs recycling trucks every other week and offers residents a single 65-gallon tote unless they purchase a second one.

Town Councilor Kenneth Amoriggi is initiating the discussion, telling The Breeze that for those like him who are committed to recycling, one bin simply doesn’t cut it.

“Many, many people feel the same way as we do,” he said.

Many other communities, such as Cumberland, have 65-gallon recycling totes but offer recycling services every week. Even then, residents say it’s still not enough room for everything they’d like to recycle.

Amoriggi said that making one or both of his proposed moves would help the town finally boost its recycling rate well above 25 percent, which is short of its state-mandated rate of 35 percent and annually costs taxpayers significant dollars in penalties. Other motivating factors are protecting the environment and maintaining the long-term sustainability of the state’s landfill, he said.

Mayor Charles Lombardi said this week that the cost of increasing frequency on pickups would likely be prohibitive, but said giving people a second bin is a more cost-effective option because the truck driver can get it while they’re already there.

Though residents should be paying the $65 fee for a second bin, said Lombardi, the town has been delivering them for free if people ask for them.

“If they’re going to go out of their way to recycle more, then we should probably give it to them,” he said.

Lombardi said the town’s recycling rate has been edging up slightly over 25 percent, and he credits the town’s move two years ago to add single wheeled trash totes and residents’ overall willingness to recycle more. He said he’s hopeful that efforts to educate on better recycling might finally be paying off.