Barrington received on Thursday, Sept .6, approximately $47,500 in recycling profits from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC).
The allotment was part of $1.9 million in profits given out by RIRRC for the sale of recyclables in fiscal year 2012, according to the agency. Barrington delivered more than 2,218 tons of recyclables to the landfill.
Municipal officials from across the state, including Joseph Piccerelli, a superintendent in the Department of Public Works who manages the recycling program, gathered at the landfill on Thursday morning with Gov. Chafee to get their checks.
The checks were presented by Michael O'Connell, RIRRC executive director, who said the annual profit-sharing event shows the recycling yields a true economic benefit to every municipality. The money must be reinvested in Barrington’s recycling program.
RIRRC doesnʼt charge a fee to dispose of recyclables, but dumping trash in the landfill comes at a cost of about $80 a ton. Every item a Barrington resident places in their recycling bin or cart contributes to the end of the year profit share from RIRRC.
In June, recycling became even easier with the launch of Recycle Together RI, the new statewide program. It allows you to dump all of your recyclables in one container instead of having to use separate bins for paper, plastic, metal and glass.