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Oct 22, 2013

North Smithfield


North Smithfield – Our FY2013 town recycling numbers are in. At first glance the numbers do not look good. Our recycling weight collected in the blue bins was 1,367 tons, down by 3.75% from last year. What happened? 

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Posted by: Craig

North Smithfield – Our FY2013 town recycling numbers are in. At first glance the numbers do not look good. Our recycling weight collected in the blue bins was 1,367 tons, down by 3.75% from last year. What happened?

Actually a really good thing happened. Our solid waste was 2,900 tons, also down, but by 322 tons for a 10% decrease. A waste reduction of 10% while recyclables dropped by less than 4%, adds up to a positive.

North Smithfield’s recycling rate went up, this year reaching 32.3% versus last year 30.6%. Donna Kaehler explains, “When you look at the whole picture, we had our highest recycling rate in the past 5 years. We should be encouraged, not at all discouraged.”

A decline in solid waste tonnage equals the greatest cost savings. Less trash means less tipping fees. The town pays $32 per ton for landfilled trashed brought to RI Resource Recovery. This year’s drop of 320 tons saved over $10,000.

Throughout the state, residents are able to recycle more items in the curbside pickup. Studies show recycling rates should be close to 40% with these expanded guidelines. Some communities have reached in excess of 35%. “I believe North Smithfield is on the verge of getting to 35%. If we recycle all we can, our trash tonnage will reduce, and our recycle rate will go up. It’s that simple.” Boxes, junk mail and plastics containers holding less than 2 gallons are items consistently seen in the trash.

Visit the town website or call 767-2200 x 345 for other recycling ideas.