recycling http://ripr.org en Taveras promotes Dormody, hires Hull http://ripr.org/post/taveras-promotes-dormody-hires-hull <p>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.</p><p>Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:04:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 32029 at http://ripr.org Efforts To Improve Recycling Rates In Providence Paying Off http://ripr.org/post/efforts-improve-recycling-rates-providence-paying <p>Residents in the city of Providence are recycling more than they were nearly a year ago.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 28533 at http://ripr.org Efforts To Improve Recycling Rates In Providence Paying Off Local Businessmen To Build State’s First Industrial-Scale Composting Plant http://ripr.org/post/local-businessmen-build-state-s-first-industrial-scale-composting-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 28212 at http://ripr.org Local Businessmen To Build State’s First Industrial-Scale Composting Plant State Officials Urge Residents To Recycle Their Christmas Trees http://ripr.org/post/state-officials-urge-residents-recycle-their-christmas-trees <p>With Christmas over, many families have already started to take down the tree. &nbsp;State officials are urging people to recycle them.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:52:43 +0000 Flo Jonic 26962 at http://ripr.org State Officials Urge Residents To Recycle Their Christmas Trees RI Considers Burning Some Trash http://ripr.org/post/ri-considers-burning-some-trash <p>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.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:49:06 +0000 Bradley Campbell 12240 at http://ripr.org RI Considers Burning Some Trash Junk Finds Home Through Reuse Marketplace http://ripr.org/post/junk-finds-home-through-reuse-marketplace <p style="margin-left:-.25in;">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.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:46:03 +0000 Jehane Samaha 11630 at http://ripr.org Wednesday, January 30, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/wednesday-january-30-2013 <p>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.&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.</p><p></p><p><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; news@ripr.org</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:46:32 +0000 Lydia Rogers 9456 at http://ripr.org Could a bottle bill save glass from ending up in the landfill? http://ripr.org/post/could-bottle-bill-save-glass-ending-landfill <p></p><p>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.</p><p></p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:34:00 +0000 Bradley Campbell 9074 at http://ripr.org Could a bottle bill save glass from ending up in the landfill?