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Environment
10:15 am
Fri August 8, 2014

RIRRC: Proper Recycling Helps Prevent Safety Problems At Facilities

Parts of the Central Landfill in Johnston had to be shut down temporarily after a toxic gas leak Thursday.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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On Politics
1:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Taveras promotes Dormody, hires Hull

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.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Efforts To Improve Recycling Rates In Providence Paying Off

The recycling facility at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Residents in the city of Providence are recycling more than they were nearly a year ago.

The city delivered small gray trash barrels in the fall of 2012, so that residents could use their green 95-gallon trash bins as recycling bins instead.

The city sent out mailings, recorded phone messages, and launched an advertising campaign to let people know of the switch. But that wasn’t enough.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Local Businessmen To Build State’s First Industrial-Scale Composting Plant

Decayed food waste breaks down into soil. Composting is a natural way to recycle food waste that would otherwise make its way to the landfill.
Credit Kessner Photography via Creative Commons

For a pair of Rhode Island businessmen, sending food waste to the landfill doesn’t make any sense. So they’re raising money to build a composting plant. It would be the state’s first industrial-scale composting facility.

The Central Landfill is expected to reach full capacity in about 25 years. Leo Pollock and Nat Harris said their composting facility is not going to solve the state’s landfill problem, but it will help. 

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Recycling
8:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

State Officials Urge Residents To Recycle Their Christmas Trees

Christmas is over, time to recycle those trees! They're turned into mulch.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

With Christmas over, many families have already started to take down the tree.  State officials are urging people to recycle them.

Most Rhode Island communities provide curbside pick-up of Christmas trees. The trees are hauled to the central landfill in Johnston, where they’re ground up for use as mulch in the spring.

Sarah Kite, director of recycling services at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation which operates the landfill, said they accept all organic Christmas decorations provided they’re stripped bare.

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Environment
8:49 am
Wed March 20, 2013

RI Considers Burning Some Trash

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Front Entrance
Credit courtesy RIRRC.org

The state has a long standing ban on incinerating trash. However a new bill introduced in the senate could allow the Central Landfill to look at incinerating some of the state’s trash.

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Environment
2:46 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Junk Finds Home Through Reuse Marketplace

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has launched Rhode Island’s participation in a regional program—the “Reuse Marketplace.” This online marketplace allows businesses to find homes for extra items in their offices or warehouses that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.

Businesses and organizations from Rhode Island and several other northeastern states can post items they have or need, and anyone can browse these listings. Resource Recovery Recycling Services Director Sarah Kite says the online marketplace will benefit both businesses and the environment.

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Morning News Podcast
9:46 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Things are better in Providence, but there is still work to be done. Ousted head of RIPTA, Charles Odimgbe gets $130,000 as part of a severance package.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.


Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Environment
10:34 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Could a bottle bill save glass from ending up in the landfill?

Glass bottles - Photo via flickr Creative Commons

Right now, all the glass you put in your recycling bins ends up being treated like trash. It's due to a bill passed last year at the statehouse. Since its inception, around 13,000 tons of glass has been buried in the landfill. But the Rhode Island State Director of Clean Water Action, Jamie Rhodes, thinks there's a law that could correct this problem. It's called a “bottle bill” and he joins us in studio to tell us just what it is.

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