East Providence nets over $96 grand from recycling effort

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JOHNSTON —  As part of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) effort to increase recycling practices around the state and through its recent increased attempt to grow the program, East Providence netted over $96,000 as its share from the sale of recyclibles for Fiscal Year 2012.

The quasi-state environmental agency, which is dedicated to providing the public with environmentally sound programs and facilities to manage waste, owns and operates the Materials Recycling Facility and Central Landfill in Johnston. It also helps fund and promote the stateʼs recycling program, and

Thursday, Sept. 6, RIRRC executive director Michael O’Connell handed over some $1.94 million in profits to the state’s 39 cities and towns. This year’s profits are earmarked to be reinvested in each municipalityʼs respective recycling program.
“It is an absolute pleasure to take part in todayʼs profit sharing ceremony,” Mr. O’Connell said.

“In the current economic climate, where municipalities are universally tightening their belts, every little bit helps,” he continued. “Because the recycling markets performed well during the past year, Rhode Islandʼs municipalities are receiving a greater return than in 2011 – and when our municipal partners benefit, we benefit. We are excited to see the positive change that these monies will enact in our communities.”

The annual profit sharing event displays how the simple act of recycling yields a true economic benefit for the state of Rhode Island. RIRRC doesnʼt charge a fee to dispose recyclables, whereas landfilling trash comes at a cost. For every item that a resident places in their recycling bin or cart, they contribute to their city or townʼs end of the year profit share from RIRRC.

In June, according to a RIRRC press release, recycling became even easier with the launch of Recycle Together RI, the new statewide recycling program. Now in full swing, the Recycle Together RI program is already producing impressive recycling rates. During July 2012, the first full month of single stream recycling operation, RIRRC processed 400 tons of recyclable material per day, 7.5% more material than during the same period in 2011. As time progresses and residents become more familiar with program details, RIRRC expects this number to grow.

East Providence pocketed $96,356.59 from the program, just shy of the $100,000 goal set by city officials according Public Works Director Stephen Coutu. East Providence’s portion is based off the amount of recyclibles collected in the city during the state’s fiscal year.

Obviously pleased with the money earned through FY12, Mr. Coutu said he hopes the recent change to the collecting of recyclibles — where glass, paper and plastic can be commingled — further benefits the city next year.

“We ‘re raising the percentage of recyclibles we send to the landfill,” Mr. Coutu added. “The changes have made it easier for people to recycle. It’s already been a success.”

The city could also see savings if it begins to share rubbish services with neighboring Pawtucket and Central Falls as part of a cooperative program recently put into place by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

The proposal, which received the go-ahead from the state-appointed Budget Commission, would see the three cities be serviced by one collection company. Trash pick-ups would remain weekly, but recyclible pick-ups would change to every other week. With that in mind, each home and business in East Providence would receive a new 90-plus gallon recycling container. If the proposal comes to pass, it would likely be implemented sometime around Spring of 2013.

“We would save on the cost of collections and we would expect to collect more recyclibles, 20 percent more by volume,” Mr. Coutu added. “And depending how much Resource Recovery can make when it goes to sell the material in the market, we could make even more money next year.”

RIRRC FISCAL YEAR 2012
Total MRF Inbound Tons 90,680.16
Total Profit Share $1,944,444.00
Municipality Tons Delivered Share of MRF Inbound Share of Profit
BARRINGTON 2,218.13 2.45% $47,563.10
BRISTOL 1,573.64 1.74% $33,743.38
BURRILLVILLE 1,506.48 1.66% $32,303.27
CENTRAL FALLS 1,024.19 1.13% $21,961.59
CHARLESTOWN 351.62 0.39% $7,539.75
COVENTRY 3,529.81 3.89% $75,689.30
CRANSTON 7,058.36 7.78% $151,351.58
CUMBERLAND 3,023.77 3.33% $64,838.34
EAST GREENWICH 1,646.81 1.82% $35,312.35
EAST PROVIDENCE 4,493.64 4.96% $96,356.59
EXETER 607.17 0.67% $13,019.47
FOSTER 474.09 0.52% $10,165.86
GLOCESTER 1,253.43 1.38% $26,877.15
JAMESTOWN 810.47 0.89% $17,378.81
JOHNSTON 1,995.88 2.20% $42,797.42
LINCOLN 1,972.53 2.18% $42,296.73
LITTLE COMPTON 589.09 0.65% $12,631.79
MIDDLETOWN 1,561.00 1.72% $33,472.34
NEW SHOREHAM 612.54 0.68% $13,134.62
NEWPORT 2,204.17 2.43% $47,263.76
NORTH KINGSTOWN 3,017.97 3.33% $64,713.98
NORTH PROVIDENCE 2,704.80 2.98% $57,998.71
NORTH SMITHFIELD 1,420.05 1.57% $30,449.97
PAWTUCKET 5,114.97 5.64% $109,679.70
PORTSMOUTH 1,968.79 2.17% $42,216.53
PROVIDENCE 9,491.12 10.47% $203,516.97
RICHMOND 580.63 0.64% $12,450.38
SCITUATE 1,034.85 1.14% $22,190.17
SMITHFIELD 2,027.99 2.24% $43,485.95
SOUTH KINGSTOWN-NARRAGANSETT 3,613.74 3.99%
Town of South Kingston $55,017.19
Town of Narragansett $22,471.81
TIVERTON 1,969.56 2.17% $42,233.04
WARREN 1,250.67 1.38% $26,817.97
WARWICK 9,341.24 10.30% $200,303.11
WEST GREENWICH 344.08 0.38% $7,378.07
WEST WARWICK 2,420.42 2.67% $51,900.78
WESTERLY-HOPKINTON 3,217.38 3.55% $68,989.90
WOONSOCKET 2,655.08 2.93% $56,932.57
Grand Total 90,680.16 100.00% $1,944,444.00
Share per inbound ton $21.44

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