Wednesday, December 7, 2016        

Talking Trash – September 2013

New Target Date for Automation Collection to Start:  Monday, October 7, 2013!!

All trash must be bagged before being placed in the green trash cart.  Place mixed recyclables loose in the green cart with the yellow lid. The lid to the cart must close tightly, and no material may be sticking out of the cart.  Place cart no more than three feet from the street and at least four feet from obstacles such as mailboxes and telephone poles.  Cart handles and wheels should be facing the house and arrows on the lid should face the street and the carts should be approximately three feet apart or one on each side of the driveway.

The new carts are much more durable than the current blue and green bins and are very stable; with the ability withstand winds up to 35-45 MPH when empty.  The lids are hinged and won’t blow away.  Residents will no longer have to deal with broken/shattered bins or them blowing down the street.

Both trash and recycling will be collected weekly, and on the same collection day as they are now.  Please make sure that your carts are out the night before or by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled day.  In order for your trash cart to be emptied it must be accompanied by the recycling cart.   

Speaking of recycling, currently the town has a recycling rate of 24.9%.  That rate is determined each month by the amount of recyclables that have been delivered to landfill compared to amount of trash in tons. The municipal tipping fee (for trash) charged by the resource recovery corporation is based on the percentage of recycling that is collected.  The more the town can recycle the lower that tipping fee (for trash) will be.  As always, there is no charge by Rhode Island Resources Recovery Corporation for delivering recyclables to their facility.  As always, thank you for reading and have a great month.

FYI:  Did you know that five plastic soda bottles yield enough fiber for one extra-large t-shirt, one square foot of carpet, or enough fiber fill for one ski jacket?  

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