Bristol Recycles event set for Saturday

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In an effort to increase the town’s recycling rate, which hovers at 17.5-percent (shy of the state’s mandated 35-percent), the newly established recycling committee is hosting its first-ever Recycling Day this Saturday, Nov. 2.
The event takes place on Town Common from noon – 4 p.m. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3.
“The purpose is to help (the residents) understand the whole concept of reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Keith Maloney, chairman of the 18-person ad-hoc committee. “It’s important not only for the environment, but for economical factors as well.
“We are trying to demonstrate how the increase of trash production is going to cost us – in tipping fees and ultimately in increased taxes.”
The solution, Mr. Maloney says, is to get the town’s recycling rate up. Rhode Island Resource and Recovery Corporation recently released its
profit sharing information, which showed Bristol’s trash tonnage vs. recycling rate. Out of 39 towns, Bristol ranked as the ninth in the state for the least amount of recycling turned in to the Johnston facility, per ton of trash.
Saturday’s event is free and open to the public. Nacho Mama’s, Bristol House of Pizza and Beehive Cafe will have food and beverages for sale, and there will be music for entertainment.
Recycling stations will be set up and the public is invited to bring their recyclable materials.
“A representative from Rhode Island Resource and Recovery will also be there, teaching people about recycling,” said Mr. Maloney. “A bag of trash will be on display, and people will be asked to pick which things can be recycled.”
Residents with old computers no longer in use should bring them down to be recycled, Mr. Maloney said.
“If you’re worried about stuff that may be on the hard drive, we have someone from Computer Recycling USA who will be there with his truck and will clear the hard drive right there, in front of you,” he said.
There will also be a water tasting station, pitting tap water against bottled water in a blind taste test.
“In previous tests, tap water has been preferred about 70-percent of the time,” Mr. Maloney said.
Event-goers will learn about composting and be able to buy a compost machine for $40, too.
Those who want to increase recycling efforts through packing a more eco-friendly lunch, can learn how to pack a zero-waste lunch.
Recycling Day is the first of a bi-annual event the committee is hoping to establish, Mr. Maloney said. The second Recycling Day will be held closer to the spring.
The committee has branded itself with a logo to unite its efforts and increase visibility. Committee member Tom Slater designed a red, white and blue recycling logo, featuring the triple-sided arrow.
“We want to create an identity with this campaign,” Mr. Maloney said. “We want them to associate with this logo to reduce trash, increase composting and eventually lower taxes.”

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