Bill Would Allow State Landfill Use Glass as a Cover

Mar 20, 2013

A bill introduced in the state Senate allows the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation to once again use recycled glass as part of its daily cover material atop the landfill. The original amendment banned construction and demolition materials, including glass, for use as daily cover material at the landfill.

Senator Sue Sosnowski is the legislation’s main sponsor. Senate Bill 0726 would remove glass from the list, and allow it to once again be used as cover material.

Sosnowski says she introduced the bill early to allow for a close reexamination of the law. "This is early enough in the session that we can talk about this issue, thoroughly digest it, and really look at this.”

With glass banned from being used as a cover material the Central Landfill has dumped more than 13-thousand tons of glass out with the rest of the trash. The landfill is currently shipping some glass to a recycler in Massachusetts.

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