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.

Russell Archambault June 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
oh my god i think i figured this one out. just take back the green ones. wow ! and use the blue ones every week. instead of stating how you could not figure that out, why dont you tell us the real reason. maybe because you cant afford to to pay city workers to spend the time, or you dont know what to do with them all those containers. just keep on telling us bull we are used to it!
Russell Archambault June 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
i have another idea which was stated loon time ago when this site had an article on this subject. why dont you let multi owners have some blue containers. we could double the recycle ton-age . that would be an honest way to really mean this city cares about wast. oh wait people would think that multi unit owners woud be making money. please dont tell me that we can bring it to the station. first of all you wont even let us use the large bins. my friend uses all the little hand bins for his property. 15 of them what a mess every week.
Russell Archambault June 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
yea alot of spelling errors.Mike Debroisse im angry at this stupid posting. are you also one looking for handouts. maybe you can go in front of city hall and pan handle. do something more productive with your time!
Steve June 26, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Russell, I agree with you 100%! This blue green thing totally illustrates how stupid and incompetent our local officials and city departments are when it comes to even the most mundane things such as trash removal! I talked to some of my friends in other communities and they say, WHAT? Are you kidding me, you can place all your recyclables in either container, but they only pick up the "RIGHT" container once a week? Laughable at best, as is this whole city in general! To the city admins, GET TWO OF THESE BINS OUT OF MY YARD! Either Green or Blue, you decide, but rid of these eye sores! And we trust these jokers to run a city with a 122 Million dollar budget, when they can’t even decide how to get rid of unneeded containers? Oh and hey, what about that great “BRICK” walkway that they put in on Cumberland St., what an improvement! The city’s streets are in total decay, but the city has the time and money to put a brick walkway in a crosswalk to the middle school that will get destroyed on the first snowstorm? Now that’s top notch DPW thinking at work! God bless us all.........
Yvette M Ayotte June 26, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Wow!! Since you people know it all, why aren't you on the council trying to help the city out of this slump??? I will do everything I can to help with the recycling, would be great if Woonsocket could win that money
English first June 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Rhode Island has the worst roads and bridges in the nation. I could not find the most current story but here is one from a few years ago....http://www.businessinsider.com/worst-state-road-systems-2010-7?op=1
Meesh June 26, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I'm with you Yvette. Just think of all the points the city will get with what you pull out of the park every day!
Steve June 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Yvette, wake up. I would bet that Woonsocket recycles way over 25% of it's trash, (probably more like 50% if the rest of the folks put the right things in the right bins) especially since the blue and green bins have been put into place. But for some reason, the city and state doesn’t want to admit that. Probably because another trash fee is coming down the road? Also, remember, we have the great opportunity of paying for this recycling service even though our property taxes are the highest in the state! This 24 dollar per set of bins per quarter has been a thorn in my side since it was introduced. What, our property taxes don’t include trash pickup now? Really..... And where will that $100,000 grant go? Who knows, who cares, and anyways, it’s chicken feed in the overall scheme of things. Just another publicity stunt........ At this point, when you start getting mailers saying to recycle more, especially when your doing the most you can, abiding by these stupid blue, green pickup schedules now, it really makes you wonder who the heck is running these programs, and what incentive they have to do what’s right for the property owners of Woonsocket. And Yvette, yes I do pick up the trash around my house and the streets as well........ I know you can relate to that......
The Unicorn June 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Give the 64k to the WFD,they can use it to pay the overtime for detailing the fire trucks.
victimized June 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I hear what your sayin' Unicorn!
Totally Deaf June 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I don't usually comment in here but i heard these guys actually get paid to sleep!
Russell Archambault June 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM
YVETTE; you wouldnt vote for me.a person like me would not stand a chance the stupidy in this city !!! i hear that you go and pick up bottles, if true im sure your doing this for your own money and not for the city.LETS BE HONEST no points there.
Russell Archambault June 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM
StEVE; i think that crosswalk is a federal project ?? lets not fight that one we have enough just in this city. thanks for your support. hope the city reads our blogs and tries to defend their incompetence.
Russell Archambault June 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM
WFD and others will use overtime to show that they need more people. sleeping is part of the job though. of course some stations are more busy than others this information is accurate. and yes i do know !!
Russell Archambault June 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM
YVETTE;thanks for picking up trash around the city, i commend you for caring. god bless you.
la_mouffette June 27, 2012 at 03:24 AM
OF COURSE they get paid to sleep part of the time, Deaf. If I remember right, the city switched them from 10 and 14 hour shifts to (more traditional) 24 hour shifts. When they're on duty, they sleep in bunks at the station, and their night's sleep can be interrupted at anytime to go on a run. I actually think, in a very busy city like Woonsocket where firemen double as EMTs and are required to go out on every 911 call, being on call 24 hours at a time is probably not an ideal thing. Much of the country is beginning to move away from 24 hour shifts in busy, dense areas like Woonsocket, because having tired responders working on broken sleep can be dangerous.
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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