Providence recycling rate falls to 9 percent over 3 months
Posted March 20
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The recycling rate in Providence fell below 9 percent from November through January.
WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2ncNznO ) that the low rate is caused by regular trash contaminating recycling truck loads in some neighborhoods.
Data indicates about 36 percent of garbage in the East Side neighborhood is recycled.
But the rate was just 9 percent on pickup days for the North End and 4 percent for parts of the South Side.
It was less than 1 percent for parts of Silver Lake, Olneyville, Manton, Mount Pleasant, Smith Hill and Federal Hill.
The city's director of sustainability says the city has launched an education campaign targeting routes where people aren't recycling properly.
The public works director says he wants to improve the city's recycling rate to 15 percent in the coming years.