2005-08-25 / News

Jamestown receives award for recycling participation

Jamestown is the beneficiary of an $11,145 award from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

The board of commissioners of the RIRRC recently presented $300,000 in grants to 11 Rhode Island cities and towns to reward them for their successful recycling programs.

To qualify, a municipality had to achieve a recycling rate of 20 percent or higher. The grant pool was divided by the amount of tonnage sent to RIRRC’s Materials Recycling Facility, often called a MRF, in Johnston for fiscal year 2005.

Jamestown has also submitted a grant application for an additional $15,000 to further improve its recycling efforts. The grant application was worked on by Mike Gray and Steve Goslee of the Public Works Department, and Town Council member Bill Kelly.

If the grant application is successful it will enable the town to buy roll-off containers for bulk metal objects and facilitate the shipping of compost materials which will have a beneficial use. It will also create a position of volunteer recycling co-ordinator to work with the town to improve the town’s recycling efforts in order to once again be eligible for a cash award next year.

The bulk of town’s recycling materials are collected by Island Rubbish Service.

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