Contaminated recycling bins filled with tires, antifreeze containers and other non-recyclable items cost taxpayers money and these items take up valuable space in the Central Landfill. (RIRRC)

Contaminated recycling bins filled with tires, antifreeze containers and other non-recyclable items cost taxpayers money and these items take up valuable space in the Central Landfill. (RIRRC)

PROVIDENCE — Contaminated shipments of city recycling arrive daily at the state recycling center in Johnston, according to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. The most common types of waste found in the recycling carts are food scrap, furniture, and construction and demolition debris.

Blackstone River Celebrates Good Times

The view of the Blackstone River has improved greatly in the past decade, thanks largely to the work of volunteers. (Catherine Sengel/ecoRI News)

The view of the Blackstone River has improved greatly in the past decade, thanks largely to the work of volunteers. (Catherine Sengel/ecoRI News)

BLACKSTONE, Mass. — The atmosphere was festive at Blackstone Gorge on July 26, as champions of the Blackstone River gathered to celebrate progress toward restoring the watershed’s health. What Blackstone River Coalition members like to refer to as “America’s hardest working river” has seen significant improvement in the past decade.

RINHS Calls for Distinguished Naturalist Nominations

The 2015 Rhode Island Natural History Survey's Distinguished Naturalist Awards will be presented at the Quonset ‘O’ Club on Nov. 6 at the organization’s annual celebration marking the end of Natural History Week. The RINHS is seeking nominations for individuals deserving of this honor.

Pilgrim Power Plant Operating with Expired Pollution Permit

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Broken promises and financial interests are polluting Cape Cod Bay. For nearly two decades, federal and state authorities have allowed the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to operate with an expired Clean Water Act permit.

The economically vital Little Narragansett Bay watershed is feeling the pressures of development, population growth and climate change just like the better-known bodies of water to the north and south. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

The economically vital Little Narragansett Bay watershed is feeling the pressures of development, population growth and climate change just like the better-known bodies of water to the north and south. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

The so-called “Filthy 15” carbon polluters are dominated by coal and oil companies. The city of Providence has removed holdings in the seven companies on the list that it was invested in. (istock)

The so-called “Filthy 15” carbon polluters are dominated by coal and oil companies. The city of Providence has removed holdings in the seven companies on the list that it was invested in. (istock)

A progression of aquatic cells in the Living Systems Laboratory in South Grafton, Mass., contain native plants that mimic the Blackstone River’s biodiversity and support the regrowth of organisms that cleanse contaminants (Catherine Sengel/ecoRI News)

A progression of aquatic cells in the Living Systems Laboratory in South Grafton, Mass., contain native plants that mimic the Blackstone River’s biodiversity and support the regrowth of organisms that cleanse contaminants (Catherine Sengel/ecoRI News)

R.I. Celebrates Land Conservation with Two-Month Celebration

The 2015 Land Trust Days, coordinated by the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, will be held at sites across the state from Aug. 8 to Oct. 14, with a special kick-off “Blue Moon Celebration” at the South Kingstown Land Trust’s Weeden Farm on July 31 at 7 p.m.

It’s Official: R.I. Cesspools on Their Way Out

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has about 25,000 cesspools in operation. New cesspool construction has been banned since 1968, while existing cesspools were allowed to operate as long as they weren’t within 200 feet of Narragansett Bay or a water supply. The new law ties future cesspool closures to the sale of a property.

 


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