If there are blue recycling bins still taking up space on your sidewalk in east Woonsocket, today could be the day you've been waiting for - Michael Debroisse, Solid Waste Department superintendent says they're getting collected today.
After delays caused by weather and the holidays Coastal Recycling of North Smithfield began collecting the bins again yesterday and is scheduled to finish up today.
The city is selling the blue bins, about 10,000 of them, to Cumberland for a total of $148,000. 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.
Debroisse counseled patience with the process. "Usually when carts are delivered to a property they stay there. Collecting them back is no easy process," he said, especially 10,000 of them.
After today, Debroisse said, the city should only have to collect bins which residents have put out late or haven't put out at all because they haven't gotten the message that they're being collected.
"Next week the contractor will start doubling back through the districts to collect the blue carts that may have been placed out after they have already gone through the area," Debroisse said.