Letter: Recycling postcard is heading your way!

Posted 4/18/21

To the editor:

Recycling loads can be rejected by even minor infractions and can cost the town upwards of $800 per rejected load. When a load gets rejected, it is sent to the Central Landfill, …

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Letter: Recycling postcard is heading your way!

Posted

To the editor:

Recycling loads can be rejected by even minor infractions and can cost the town upwards of $800 per rejected load. When a load gets rejected, it is sent to the Central Landfill, which is filling up fast. The Central Landfill, which is located in Johnston, buries about 3,800 tons of trash from Rhode Island. At current loading rates, the Central Landfill will reach capacity before 2034. The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Center (RIRRC) has asked Rhode Islanders to reduce, reuse, recycle, and “rot” (or compost) as much as they can, in order to extend the life of the Central Landfill for the next generation.

The Barrington DPW discovered that many people were uninformed and made simple mistakes like leaving their recycling bins outside when it rains or putting items inside of plastic bags, which you should not do. Since plastic bags are not recyclable through the curbside pickup, the inclusion of these bags can cause an entire load to be rejected.

Recycling is very simple if the community understands what is and what isn't allowable in your recycling bin. 

As part of a BHS internship with the DPW, I created an informational postcard that outlined what can and cannot be recycled. The Town will be mailing the postcard in mid-April. Hopefully, the postcard will have a positive impact on increasing recycling efforts as well as decreasing the number of rejected loads.

Alex Caizzi

Barrington

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