Why Should I Recycle?
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation's new Recycle Together RI program has provided us with a new way of thinking about recycling - one that truly connects what it’s all about and why recycling is so important to our state. The keys are the 4 E’s: Environment, Economy, Ease, and Each Other.
Environment: We all get it, right? That recycling is good for the environment? But let’s talk specifics: more plastics in your recycling bin means less energy required to make new plastics from scratch – and the less energy we use, the less pollution we create in our air, on our land and in our water. And with Recycle Together RI, you can now recycle more plastics than ever before. Recycling all your materials together in the same bin means that recycling trucks don’t spend as much time out on the road. This saves gas and cuts down on exhaust fumes, making our air easier to breathe. More paper recycling means more trees get to keep doing what they do best - cleaning our air and keeping our homes cool.
Economy: Did you know that recycling is one of the original green industries? The recycling industry has been around for hundreds of years, and it keeps growing. For every one job in landfilling or burning trash, there are five potential jobs in recycling and reuse. Recycling in RI keeps our taxpayer dollars local. Recycling at the Materials Recycling Facility in Johnston is free, but throwing trash away costs $32 per ton. Free is a great choice! And at the end of the year, RIRRC shares the profits made from selling RI’s recyclables back with each RI city and town. The more the city or town recycles, the more money they get back. No cost to recycle PLUS money back at the end of the year? Recycling pays.
Ease: It's easier than ever to recycle now! With the new program, you can now mix all of your recyclables together into one container. More plastics are accepted! You can now recycle all plastic containers up to 2 gallons. Don’t worry about the numbers or the little triangle. Is it a plastic container? Is it 2 gallons or smaller? If so, recycle it!
NEW: Beginning August 6th, it will be even easier to recycle in Burrillville. The Town will be switching to Fully Automated Collection and will be providing all residents with a 65 gallon rolling cart for recyclables! A larger, easy to wheel cart makes it a cinch to recycle more items and get them to curb each week.
Each Other: Recycling is good for the community. It saves precious resources – including landfill space – for the next generation of Rhode Islanders. Recycling is a way of showing that you care, and the more people show each other that they care about their neighborhood, their street, and their block, the more we’ll all enjoy living in this wonderful state. Let’s Recycle Together RI, for the environment, for the economy, and for each other. Recycling Together is another way we can Keep Burrillville Beautiful!
Still need another reason why you should recycle? Recycling is mandatory in Burrillville and compliance is required. Town Ordinance requires residents to separate recyclables and prohibits mixing of trash and recycling. Penalties will be enforced for noncompliance as per Section 22 of Article II Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials.