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Providence Ranked Worst in State for Recycling

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 

Data released by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) shows that for 2013, Providence had the lowest recycling rates in the state of Rhode Island.

In information provided by the RIRRC entitled "How's My City or Town Doing?," numbers show that furthermore recycling has gone down in Providence between 2011 and 2013, which includes the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) rate, the mandatory recycling rate, and the rate of overall material diversion from the landfill.

SLIDES: See How Your City or Town Ranks for Recycling BELOW

On Tuesday, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras unveiled a “Preserving Rhode Island" plan to addresses environmental issues such as climate change, reducing Rhode Island’s carbon footprint and waste management on a statewide level.

"Providence continues to struggle with contamination. The drivers for Waste Management (the city’s hauling vendor) examine each load as it’s being collected, and they decide whether or not the load meets our criteria. Some loads are directed straight to the landfill because they’re too contaminated. Some go to the materials recycling facility (MRF), where they are further examined. At least once a day, a Providence load is rejected at the MRF," said Sarah Kite, RIRRC Executive Director. "The cost for rejected loads will increase as of July 1, 2014, so the costs for the city will most certainly increase unless they are able to fully address the problems. The main contaminants continue to be food waste, textiles, and construction and demolition debris."

The Mayor's office did not respond to request for comment Tuesday on recycling.

Providence Issues

Last July, GoLocal reported that while Providence predicted that the "big green can" recycling initiative would save the city $250K, Tim Faulker with EcoRI pointed out that RIRRC said that contaminated recycling would cost the city $100K in 2013.

"There are many reasons why recycling in urban areas is a challenge, and [it is] is common. There are dozens of different languages spoken in Providence every day. This makes communicating recycling rules challenging. There is a high preponderance of multi-family dwellings. There is a high degree of mobility within the population-people flow in and out of the city with regularity. There are cultural biases regarding recycling," said Kite.

"All of these issues, plus others, create a very challenging environment when it comes to informing and engaging residents on how to recycle and why it’s important. However, it can be done. Pawtucket is experiencing some challenges as well, as is Cranston. But Pawtucket has had some impressive successes. The Pawtucket Housing Authority recently launched a successful campaign in one of their larger complexes, and have realized 100% participation in the program-unprecedented."

Leading by Example

The most successful program in RI is Middletown’s. Middletown has automated trash and recycling collection (meaning, they use 65-gallon carts instead of standard trash barrels and small bins), and they use a Pay as You Throw system for trash. Pay as You Throw (PAYT) is the most successful system for decreasing trash and increasing recycling. There are over 7,000 communities across the country that use PAYT, and each showed increased recycling over their previous system for paying for trash services. With PAYT, instead of the city or town paying for the cost of trash services, the person that generates the trash does. So, instead of paying for trash collection in my taxes, I’d pay for it through by buying special trash bags. Most PAYT systems that use special bags charge a fee for the bag that wraps the cost of disposal and collection into the fee. Some price the bag to cover only disposal costs, others use it to cover all costs associated with trash collection. While there’s a charge for the trash bag, there’s no charge for recycling" said Kite.

"What this does is it incentivizes recycling, composting and reuse, because people don’t want to put anything in the paid-for bag that can go in the free recycling. In PAYT communities, if you don’t use the specific PAYT bag, your trash isn’t collected, and in some cases, you are charged a fine. In PAYT communities, there is usually additional opportunities to recycle the hard-to-handle materials, like furniture and bulky plastics"

 

Related Slideshow: RI Recycling Rates by Town -  2011 to 2013

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#38. Providence

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 17.4%
2011: 18.2%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 16.9%
2011: 18.0%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 13.3%
2011: 14.6%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.96
2011: 0.94
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#37. Johnston

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 18.7%
2011: 18.7%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 18.4%
2011: 18.3%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 12.9%
2011: 12.2%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 1.41
2011: N/A
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#36. New Shoreham

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 21.3%
2011: 46.4%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 20.8%
2011: 31.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 20.8%
2011: 23.1%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: N/A
2011: N/A
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#35. Foster

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 23.8%
2011: 22.6%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 22.8%
2011: 21.7%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 22.7%
2011: 21.7%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 1.07
2011: 1.15
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#34. Central Falls

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 25.0%
2011: 22.9%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 24.5%
2011: 22.4%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 22.2%
2011: 20.3%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.82
2011: 0.72
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#33. Warren

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 28.1%
2011: 40.2%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 27.4%
2011:  28.9%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 20.1%
2011: 25.2%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 1.00
2011: 0.65
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#32.Scituate

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 28.2%
2011: 25.3%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 27.8%
2011: 24.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 24.9%
2011: 22.1%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.84
2011: 0.99
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#31. Lincoln

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 28.7%
2011: 27.7%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 28.2%
2011: 27.8%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 22.4%
2011: 21.5%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 1.17
2011: 1.23
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#30. Pawtucket

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 28.7%
2011: 31.1%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 27.7%
2011: 27.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 21.2%
2011: 20.0%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.58
2011: 0.61
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#29. Cumberland

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 29.2%
2011: 36.4%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 28.8%
2011: 36.2%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 23.6%
2011: 19.9%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.95
2011: 1.20
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#28. Little Compton

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 29.5%
2011: 36.5%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 28.1%
2011: 30.9%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 28.1%
2011: 26.7%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.73
2011: 1.08
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#27. Coventry

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 31.6%
2011: 30.7%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 31.4%
2011: 30.3%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 22.7%
2011: 21.5%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 1.03
2011: 1.06
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#26. West Warwick

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 32.2%
2011: 31.4%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 31.7%
2011: 31.1%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 20.5%
2011: 21.0%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.92
2011: 0.96
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#25. West Greenwich

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 32.5%
2011: 26.1%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 31.0%
2011: 24.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 26.6%
2011: 20.6%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013:  1.20
2011: 1.51
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#24. Tiverton

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 33.3%
2011: 54.9%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 32.6%
2011: 54.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 29.2%
2011: 28.5%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013:  0.75
2011: 1.03
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#23. North Providence

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 33.7%
2011: 28.5%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 33.1%
2011: 27.8%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 23.4%
2011: 21.4%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013:  0.77
2011: 0.89
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#22. Westerly/Hopkinton

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 33.8%
2011: 35.3%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 32.3%
2011: 24.0%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 21.0%
2011: 15.3%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 1.43
2011: 1.64
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#21. Jamestown

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 33.9%
2011: 28.1%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 33.1%
2011: 27.4%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 30.6%
2011: 25.9%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 2.23
2011: 2.24
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#20. Woonsocket

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 34.0%
2011: 33.0%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 32.2%
2011: 31.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 24.6%
2011: 23.7%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.86
2011: 0.88
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#19. Exeter

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 34.0%
2011: 33.0%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 32.2%
2011: 31.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 24.6%
2011: 23.7%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.86
2011: 0.88
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#18. Smithfield

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 35.7%
2011: 38.4%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 35.4%
2011: 38.0%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 26.7%
2011: 24.8%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.87
2011: 0.72
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#17. Glocester

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 36.2%
2011: 36.8%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 33.6%
2011: 34.4%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 33.6%
2011: 31.1%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.78
2011: 0.86
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#16. Newport

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 37.6%
2011: 36.0%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 37.2%
2011: 35.7%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 23.6%
2011: 22.9%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.74
2011: 0.92
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#15. Cranston

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 37.7%
2011: 36.0%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 36.9%
2011: 35.7%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 24.3%
2011: 22.4%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.83
2011: 0.88
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#14. Richmond

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 38.0%
2011: 24.7%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 37.1%
2011: 23.3%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 37.1%
2011: 23.3%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: N/A
2011: N/A
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#13. Bristol

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 38.2%
2011: 23.5%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 37.7%
2011: 17.7%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 17.4%
2011: 17.7%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 1.32
2011: N/A
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#12. Burrillville

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 38.3%
2011: 30.2%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 36.7%
2011: 28.9%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 31.4%
2011: 22.6%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.70
2011: 0.83
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#11. North Smithfield

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 38.5%
2011: 37.2%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 37.8%
2011: 36.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 31.9%
2011: 30.6%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.76
2011: 0.81
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#10. East Greenwich

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 39.4%
2011: 38.2%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 39.2%
2011: 36.5%
 
MRF Recyling Rate
2013: 29.4%
2011: 28.5%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.98
2011: 1.02
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#9. Narragansett

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 39.5%
2011: 42.3%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 36.9%
2011: 22.8%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 36.9%
2011: 16.9%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.37
2011: N/A
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#8. Charlestown

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 42.6%
2011: 44.1%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 40.3%
2011: 42.4%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 33.6%
2011: 33.6%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.42
2011: 0.41
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#7. North Kingstown

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 43.4%
2011: 36.4%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 41.5%
2011: 33.5%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 41.5%
2011:29.4%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 1.11
2011: 1.32
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#6. East Providence

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 47.8%
2011: 48.5%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 47.5%
2011: 48.2%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 26.2%
2011:24.7%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.82
2011: 0.83
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#5. Warwick

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 49.3%
2011: 46.3%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 49.1%
2011: 46.1%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 29.3%
2011:26.0%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.87
2011: 0.93
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#4. Portsmouth

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 50.0%
2011: 44.2%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 45.0%
2011: 40.3%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 45.0%
2011:30.0%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.95
2011: 1.07
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#3. Barrington

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 50.9%
2011: 49.3%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 50.6%
2011: 48.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 29.4%
2011: 27.1%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.97
2011: 0.97
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#2. Middletown

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 54.1%
2011: 53.5%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 53.7%
2011: 52.3%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 41.9%
2011: 40.8%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.55
2011: 0.56
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#1. South Kingstown

Rate of Overall Material Diversion
2013: 54.5%
2011: 63.1%
 
Mandatory Recycling Rate
2013: 51.4%
2011: 50.6%
 
MRF Recycling Rate
2013: 40.0%
2011: 42.4%
 
Tons of Trash Sent to Landfill Per Household
2013: 0.39
2011 :0.42
 
 

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Comments:

BEING Ranked Worst in the State for Recycling Is the LEAST Providence's PROBLEMS!..LOL..RECYCLING?

Comment #1 by LENNY BRUCE on 2014 04 23

The horrendously high car taxes in Providence must make up for the poor recycling performance. Glad they cleared that up.

Comment #2 by David Beagle on 2014 04 23

remember all the blue bin, green bin fiasco Cicilline started...that was all a distraction while he destroyed the city's economy.

Comment #3 by LENNY BRUCE on 2014 04 23

Why don't you look at the non English speaking,undocumented,entitlement community of people who don't give a crap about recycling,they just want their check!They don't care about what goes in what can,they just dump everything into one..Also many of your so called "environmentally conscious" ignorant college students who live like frat house animals could care less about recycling..sure,ever take a look at some of the student housing around PC and Brown lately?

Comment #4 by LENNY BRUCE on 2014 04 23

So what has Angel Taveras actually accomplished in the city that makes him a worthy candidate for governor. If his 'Preserving Rhode Island Plan' is anything like how he preserved Providence we're in deep trouble.

Comment #5 by Max Diesel on 2014 04 23

LMAO TAVERASS the city is a dump this clown shoes hassn't done a dam thing for Providence they should make Providence the landfill and throw this scum of a mayor right on top of it all. This clown was and is a FRAUD from the day he was born. Thank God this huge nostril pig left New York to leech off the RI taxpayers his family moved to wherever welfare paid the most. Scum sucking COWARD.

Comment #6 by Jackson Teller on 2014 04 23

Um. Who would think that a so-called "Progressive City" would be the worst when it comes to recycling, especially when past rhetoric (BS) as been on this issue for years.

Comment #7 by Roy D on 2014 04 23

Absolutely correct Max. However he did accomplish getting his bloodsucking family to leech off the system just like he did. This clown never had a job in his life. 3rd place finisher for Gov. Just look at his face he even looks like a rat. He fits right in however roaming the streets of Providence looking to do DAMAGE.

Comment #8 by Jackson Teller on 2014 04 23

PAYT also encourages contamination of the recycling material. Why pay for the garbage collection when the recycling truck takes it "for free"?

Comment #9 by Russ C on 2014 04 23

sanctuary city....would like to see it broken down by neighborhood

Comment #10 by john paycheck on 2014 04 23

Another dubious statistic for our capital city! Frankly, they should consider recycling the entire city.
It's kind of sad to watch the ongoing deterioration throughout much of Providence. Many previously well kept commercial areas and neighborhoods are now littered and dirty and just plain tired.

I'm still puzzled as to what accomplishments Mayor Taveras feels he can put forth to RI voters for them to consider supporting his Gubernatorial candidacy? From my perspective, there are few, if any,that qualify him to run the state.

Comment #11 by Walter Miller on 2014 04 23

we keep recycling the same old politicians...any ideas?

Comment #12 by LENNY BRUCE on 2014 04 24

WM, exactly, he walked into a mess and he wants to get out of it asap. His credentials are that he got out before bankruptcy. Raimondo owns the pension reform. People can like or dislike her for that. Taveras hasn't done much, other than postpone bankruptcy. Which in the long run will be deeper and more costly than it should have been.

Comment #13 by Redd Ratt on 2014 04 24

Oh dear, dear...I DO hope Providence is investing in preventing global warming!

Comment #14 by joe pregiato on 2014 04 25




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