Recyclebank Program Offers Chance At $100,000 Community Recyling Grant

DPW encourages people to log their recycling efforts online for coupons, contest.


Woonsocket's competing with cities and towns in the other 47 contiguous states to see which can get the largest percentage of their residents recycling.

That'll be tracked via voluntary record keeping on the recyclebank.com website, where participating citizens will need to sign up for an account so they can log in and answer a questionnaire about their recycling habits once per week.

The city or town with the largest percentage of people who do that wins a $100,000 recycling grant for a project promoting "community sustainability."

People who log in each week can also earn points toward coupons available on the site. DPW Superintendent Mike Debroisse said local businesses can also offer coupons on the site through the program, though none currently do. "I'm trying to get smaller businesses to be part of this too," Debroisse said. 

Debroisse said he hopes the program will help the introduced earlier this year, which allows all recycling to be placed together for pickup. 

The blue/green bin schedule still needs to be observed, he said, since the contractor hauling the city's recycling is supposed to only pick up a certain number of bins at each address. The best way to make sure that happens, Debroisse said, is to stick with the old schedule for putting out colored bins.

"If something changes, we'll let people know. We just haven't figured out a better system yet," Debroisse said.

Hopefully, he said, the two programs will help each other out. Woonsocket has a little work ahead of it if it's going to be a recycling contender. At the moment, the city only recycles at a rate of about 25 percent. That's a big jump from five years ago, he said, when it was 8 percent, but it won't win the contest.

There's another monetary incentive to increase the city's recycling, Debroisse said. The RI Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRCC) gives the city a portion of the proceeds it receives from recycling collected from the city. Last year, that came out to $64,000.

la_mouffette June 27, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Russell...are you serious? Yvette is well known and respected for what she does, which is picking up *trash* She doesn't go through Cass park, just looking for the five cent returns. She organizes large Earth-day clean-ups every year. In short, she's a positive lady who does a lot for her city out of the goodness of her heart. And she's not the only one --there are multiple anonymous people who are cleaning up some part of the city every week, all on their own. If you're threatened by that, I don't know what to tell you.
la_mouffette June 27, 2012 at 03:59 AM
oh, btw, I'm not talking about efficiency or overtime or anything else.... only saying, that obviously, YEAH, people who work 24 hour shifts in fire stations get some sleep at night, if they can. Traditionally, the job was designed to work that way.
DonQ June 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Woonsocket and Warwick are competing for dumbest decisions for recycling. Woonsocket doesn't think the residents are smart enough to put out only one recycling bucket, so they made the idiotic decision that we still have to follow the green/blue schedule. And we pay someone to make those stupid decisions. Warwick decided they won't pick up your trash unless you have a recycling bucket out. This resulted in over 400 people not having their trash picked up last week - the residents made the mistake of putting their recycling bucket away after it was emptied. The trash hauler came along, didn't see a recycling bucket so they didn't empty the trash. I honestly think a monkey could make smarter decisions than these guys.
Russell Archambault June 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM
l A. i did commend her for her efforts.and certainly any good citizen trying to help make our city cleaner. what im threatened about is for some chance yvette would have to go on welfair, then she could not do this cleanup any more. i dont think there are any rules for people who are on ssi. about caring, yet. again thanks to the people who care.
jde June 27, 2012 at 02:16 PM
@ Steve: that stamped crosswalk was done with federal money. It's part of the federal "Safe Routes to School" program. The City didn't design it. Projects like that are going on statewide as a result of the federal funding. BTW, that's the same program that funded the intersection changes near Coleman School, if anyone is wondering.


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