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Recycling Pays Off Across State

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Cities and towns across the state will collectively receive half a million dollars from the state’s landfill agency for recycling.

Cities and towns across the state will collectively receive half a million dollars from the state’s landfill agency for recycling.

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation made more than a million dollars in profits selling recyclable material all over the world. Sarah Reeves, director of public policy programs and planning, said the landfill agency is sharing 50 percent of that profit with cities and towns as a way to support recycling programs across the state.

“And the profits that we share are based directly on the amount of tons that each city and town brings to us through their recycling programs,” said Reeves.

Reeves said the agency doesn’t charge for recycling, even though it costs money to operate the recycling program.

“There’s a cost to collection, there’s a cost to processing and to sorting,” she said. “So what the profit share does… is it helps to give some money back to the cities and towns to help support those costs that are involved with the collection of recyclables.”

Reeves noted this year’s rebate is significantly less than last year. Oil prices are down and that means it’s cheaper for manufacturers to buy virgin petroleum than to buy recycled plastics.

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Cities and towns will collectively receive $551,700 from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation for recycling.
Cities and towns will collectively receive $551,700 from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation for recycling.