Bristol Recycles Day draws a small crowd

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About 300 people filtered through the first bi-annual Bristol Recycles Day Saturday, held at the Town Common.

"For a first-time initiative, we're pretty pleased," said Keith Maloney, chairman of the recycling committee.

Visitors learned how to pack a lunch using all recyclable materials, generating less waste; the importance of worms in composting; and how to collect and reuse rainwater, among other things.

There was also a station set up for a blind taste test, pitting tap water against bottled water.

"Tap water is pretty comparable to bottled water," said Aley Dzwill, a Roger Williams University student and member of the school's Eco-Rep team. "It's just as good if you use a filter on the spout."

"Most picked which was tap water accurately," she said.

The committee will host another like-event in the spring.

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