DPW Superintendent: Keep Blue/Green Bin Schedule, Mix Recyclables

New rules let residents mix paper recycling with other recyclables, bin schedule unchanged.


New rules from the RI Resource Recovery collection program, “Recycle Together”  allows for recyclables to be combined within the same cart, but Woonsocket's blue/green bin schedule is unchanged.

"Residents must continue to follow the blue/green recycling cart collection
schedule," reads a release from DPW Superintendent Mike Debroisse.

Debroisse said that while residents can now throw paper recycling in the same bin as their other recyclables, the city's waste hauler will only pick up green and blue bins on the city's original schedule. 

So, he said, it doesn't matter what recyclables you put in which bin, but you've still got to use the right color bin on the correct day.
New program stickers are being printed that can be applied to the top of the recycle carts. Questions can be directed to the Solid Waste Division at (401) 767-8880.

Sean Integlia May 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM
That makes no sense. Woonsocket, the city on the move
jde May 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM
This makes no sense at all. Can someone explain the logic? I'd love to be able to get rid of one of those massive bins that takes up space in my garage. I guess I'll just get rid of one of them and put the keeper out every other week.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Sean - the state rules changed, but the city's contract with the waste hauler under the old rules is still in effect. I'm not sure how the city could've predicted the change.
John Q. Public May 31, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I agree what's up with that???
Lauren May 31, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Makes no sense! What difference does the color of the barrel make to the company! I also want to get rid of one of these huge barrels, now that we can combine the recycling.
Tommy Tutone May 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Huge scam,they make money on your recyclables and you get a trash removal fee as your reward.
Tommy Tutone May 31, 2012 at 09:49 PM
The city on a bowel movement.
Russell Archambault May 31, 2012 at 11:07 PM
ROB;please try to just report, even though the state changed the rules, it has nothing to do with the waste hauler. though the contract calls for woonsocket to put out the blue/green containers. im sure it could have been worked out before hand and im sure it was worked out with great thought.who ever thinks that this does not make sense, try thinking this, if keeping the blue containers on the property to use as our recycling bin.and we dont need the green one what will they be used for. any ideas? so the city instead of just being honest telling us that they cant take them back, because they would not know what to do with them and or the city cant afford to pick them up, they came up with this stupid reasoning, for all of us to believe. so whats new. ? here's one idea, how about recycling the green ones.
JRD June 01, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Better yet! Why not have the Green Containers for Yard Waste. The Dilemna is solved.
Baywatch June 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Ridiculous. Why doesn't the city save some money and implement a pay as you go system? Put out as much trash as you want, and you pay for the amount of trash that you actually produce. Woonsocket branded garbage bags, pretty simple. Saves the city money and makes citizens lives easier.
joseph June 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
does not make sense,,,,? if were combining materials in blue or green bins, what the heck is the difference in which one is out on the street????????????????????
Russell Archambault June 06, 2012 at 09:25 PM
JOSEPH; let me explain ... blue--- green !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is woonsocket


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