In advance of Earth Day, the agency that runs the Central Landfill has launched a recycling campaign. The campaign includes TV and radio spots and a series of web videos.
The goal of the campaign is to remind people how to recycle properly. Sarah Kite, director of recycling services, says workers at the recycling facility continuously find items that don’t belong in there.
“You really shouldn’t be putting dirty diapers in your recycling. You shouldn’t be putting garden hoses. You shouldn’t be putting plastic bags. Food does not belong in your recycling bin.”
Lawmakers have put the breaks on legislation that could put trash incineration on the table at the Central Landfill. A committee voted to hold the bill for further study. The bill would remove language in a law that bans the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation from including incineration in its statewide trash management plan. It would also remove any references to the high costs of incineration. This is the latest attempt to remove a ban on trash incineration.
Some residents in East Providence thought they won a victory back in 2012, when the Department of Environmental Management shut down a recycling center called TLA Pond View. But now a different company that operates at that site is also facing complaints.
The state fire marshal ordered Railside Environmental Services, LLC to stop bringing new recyclables into its East Providence facility. Deputy fire marshal Richard James said the company, also known as RES Recycling, has to truck out existing materials due to the large piles of debris.
Inspectors didn’t identify what chemical prompted an evacuation at the recycling facility of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. Earlier this week, the agency shut down its recycling facility, after workers reported smoke coming from the sorting line.
Gary Maddocks, chief of security at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, reported thirteen workers taken to the hospital for chemical exposures are all well. He said workers do their best to sort and remove anything that doesn’t belong in the recycling facility to prevent such incidents.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.
Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28th. The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.