Saturday, December 29, 2012
Rhode Island Resource Recovery recently added a "virtual tour" of its Materials Recycling Facility to its "Recycle Together RI" website.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Earlier this year, the town of Portsmouth received a check from Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. That payment also followed the unveiling of a new $17 million recycling system that allows residents to send recyclables to the Landfill without separating them — and this month, RIRRC posted a "virtual tour" of the Materials Recycling Facility online. The newly-updated MRF is the centerpiece of the new RIRRC initiative called "Recycle Together RI," which aims to increase recycling rates across the state. “From die-hard recyclers to those who are simply curious about what we do here, everyone can learn something from watching this video,” said RIRRC Recycling Program Manager Krystal Noiseux, who narrates the 12-minute online video…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
From Christmas wrapping paper to cardboard gift boxes, here are tips for recycling those items correctly after the holiday.
It’s that time of year again – a time of festive cheer, celebration and overall jubilee – yes, the holidays have officially arrived. As Rhode Islanders prepare for the height of the holiday season, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) is urging residents to recycle right this season, by following the “Do’s and Don’ts” of holiday recycling. “Americans consume more during the holiday season than any other time of the year,” said Sarah Kite, Director of Recycling Services for RIRRC. “From gift packaging to wrapping paper to trees and wreaths, it’s important that we remember to properly prepare these materials for recycling. By doing so, we give these materials a second life once the holidays have passed.” With this in …
Monday, September 10, 2012
The town received about $42,300 in revenue from Rhode Island Resource Recovery last week — what do you think could be done with the money?
Last week at the Central Landfill, officials from Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation presented checks to every city and town in the state as part of the company's profit-sharing program. Each community received a share of about $1.9 million in profits from the sale of recyclables — in Portsmouth's case, $42,216.53. According to RIRRC, the money can only be spent on updating the recycling programs in each city and town. But if there weren't such a restriction, what would you suggest as a use for the money? Let us know in the comments below.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation announced a new method for handling shredded paper as part of the company's new recycling system.
Along with the end of the old two-bin system for recycling, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, which runs the Central Landfill in Johnston, has announced that there's a new way for residents to handle shredded paper. Many people shred sensitive documents, like old bank statements and other records — and now, instead of packing them in brown paper bags and stapling the bag shut, RIRRC is asking residents to place the shredded paper in clear recycling bags, tie the bags shut, and leave the bundles in their recycling bins. RIRRC held a ceremony to unveil its new recycling system on June 6. “We are already seeing the benefits of [the state's new program called] Recycle Together RI in our Materials Recycling Facility and are constantly…
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Can you take everyday recyclable items and turn them into a work of art? We want to see what you can create!
Update: The first submission is now posted! To view this entry, see the picture at right. Participants may submit entries up until April 22. Parents, are you looking for a project to do with kids over April vacation? Kids, have you ever wanted to make art and win a prize? Portsmouth Patch is looking to see childrens' best artwork made out of recyclable materials. There are many great Web sites out there offering a variety of art ideas, including the nonprofit Recycling Resources for Rhode Island Education. Their Web site can be found by clicking here. So go ahead and create something from recyclable materials, but don't forget to take a picture. Then e-mail the picture to Sandy@Patch.com or add the photo to the gallery here! What's in it …
Monday, April 4, 2011
A camera lens captures a day of activity at the town's local recycling center, the transfer station.
On a recent Saturday, the transfer station was bustling with activity as cars lined Hedly Street awaiting their chance to drop off the week’s recycling. At the transfer station, there is a bin for everything from yard waste to books to refrigerators and propane tanks. “Saturday is our busiest day and we can easily get over 1,000 cars just today,” said employee Todd DuPont, who has worked with the station for three years. “I have definitely seen a jump in environmentally-aware citizens. Everybody is really good about recycling in this town.” The morning brought eager Portsmouth residents to the station, with a variety of recyclables. Featured above are photos of the activity.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Town Council met on Monday, Dec. 6, to discuss Transfer Station sticker fees, but ended up talking trash, literally.
The Town Council gathered Monday, Dec. 6, at Town Hall to discuss transfer station sticker fees, but led to discussing alternative trash programs, including a pay-as-you-go system, for more than two hours. "We have a real problem of other people bringing other people's trash to the transfer station," said Councilor Judi Staven. "...We need to increase our recycling as much as possible. Not everyone is paying to use the transfer station...I think we are the only transfer station in the state that doesn't enforce its rules." According to Staven, the transfer station will have a $90,000 deficit this fiscal year. The transfer station costs more than $650,000 to operate annually with revenues being raised by sticker sales, taxes and …
The Town Council voted 4-2 Monday to postpone setting the transfer sticker fee until after the New Year.
The Town Council voted 4-2 Monday evening to postpone discussing the Transfer Station sticker fee until Jan. 10. In opposition were Councilors Michael Buddemeyer and Jim Seveney. Councilor Keith Hamilton was absent. The vote was held following a more than two hour discussion before the council admitted being at stalmate. "I don't think the council is prepared to make a decision tonight," Council President Joe Robicheau said. The council made two prior votes pertaining to the sticker's price, which is currently set at $125. Councilor James Seveney motioned to keep the transfer station sticker price at $125, but add a fee of $35 to each sticker sale for upkeep and maintenance of the transfer station. According to Councilor Judi Staven, the…
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The event allows residents of Aquidneck Island to recycle a number of different items.
With the upcoming winter season quickly approaching, many of us look to clean out our homes and clean up our yards. Do you have an old bike that hasn't been used in years? A VHS tape that you never play? A cell phone that dates back to the '90s? It's time to take a look at your basement and storage areas because, conveniently, this weekend you'll have the opportunity to get rid of it. This upcoming Saturday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Newport Public Services Department's Clean City Program is inviting Newport residents to recycle electronic waste, plastics, Styrofoam, clothing and household items, books, bicycles, and cooking oil, and to shred sensitive documents. Held as part of America Recycle's Day, a national event held each …
Sunday, September 12, 2010
A look back at the week of Sept. 6 to 12.
After the excitement last week from Hurricane Earl and the water main break and, oh yeah, the alligator, things quieted down early this week after the long weekend. However, Portsmouth did make some news—about 1,000 lbs. worth. Here's a look back at this past week as we move past Labor Day and we start to look towards autumn: On Monday, we brought you our biggest story to date—1,000 lbs. to be exact. Contributor Jess Webb reported on the giant pumpkin being grown in the backyard of Bob Singleton. In less than five weeks, Singleton will lift the gourd using a tripod and a 2,000-pound chain hoist into the back of his pick-up and drive from his home in Portsmouth over the Mt. Hope Bridge to Frerichs Farm in Warren, where his pumpkin will be …