Rhode Island Pilots Recycling Program

Burrillville and North Smithfield, R.I., residents have been asked to participate in the new recycling process before the program rolls out statewide in mid-June.

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The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. (RIRRC), Johnston, R.I., has begun to pilot the state’s new recycling program in the cities of Burrillville and North Smithfield. The pilot program will allow RIRRC to test new sorting machinery and gather feedback from recyclers before the program rolls out statewide in mid-June.

RIRRC, the operator of the state’s central landfill and material recovery facility (MRF), is responsible for sorting and processing the state’s recyclables. The profits from the sale of recyclables are shared with the cities and towns each year.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the arrival of our new recycling program,” says Sarah Kite, director of recycling services for RIRRC. “In order to transfer to the new recycling process, significant modifications were made to the MRF.” She adds, “With help from the residents of Burrillville and North Smithfield, we can be sure that the facility is operating efficiently and correctly processing recyclables before the statewide program launch in June.”

RIRRC mailed Burrillville and North Smithfield residents a brochure that communicates the specifics of the new program. This brochure details the new items that can be recycled, specific recycling “do’s and don’ts” and the announcement that residents can mix all their recyclables together in their existing city or town approved bin, cart or box.

Burrillville and North Smithfield residents also received a postcard encouraging them to complete a short, online survey about the new recycling process. A printed version of the survey also was available, RIRRC says.

RIRRC officials will use the results of the survey feedback to help shape how the program is communicated to the rest of the state. When the program launches statewide, the remaining Rhode Island cities and towns will receive the informational brochure in the mail, with the information also available on the RIRRC website.

Burrillville and North Smithfield residents should recycle according to the new program specifications, while residents in the rest of the state should maintain their existing recycling habits until the program officially launches in June.

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. is the quasi-state environmental agency dedicated to providing the public with environmentally sound programs and facilities to manage waste. The agency helps fund and promote the state’s recycling program and owns and operates the MRF and central landfill in Johnston.