Kiss those blue bins good-bye — the city's solid waste contractor, Waste Management, will collect recycling from them a final time Monday.
The city is selling the blue bins, about 10,000 of them, to Cumberland for a total of $148,000, said Michael Debroisse, Solid Waste Department superintendent.
Waste Management will set the empty bins in front of local homes to be picked up by Coastal Recycling of North Smithfield, said Debroisse. He stressed people should not be concerned when the blue bins are gone - the green bins the city still has can now be used for all the city's recycling thanks to the state's new single stream recycling program.
This summer, a group of young volunteers helped put stickers on some of the city's green bins listing the types of recycling that can now be put in them, but they weren't able to get to all of them. The stickers can be picked up at the city's Recycle Drop-Off Center located at 943 River St., he said.
Debroisse said anyone who decides to keep a bin for themselves will win a $40 charge for the owner of their property.
Residents can direct questions about the city's recycling program to Debroisse at 401-767-8880.