This composting hub on the city's West Side diverts an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of food scrap from the Central Landfill monthly. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

This composting hub on the city's West Side diverts an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of food scrap from the Central Landfill monthly. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — The city is expanding its residential composting program, Providence Composts!, from three to eight hubs this year. The program, which currently serves about 75 households, is estimated to have diverted more than 7 tons of food scrap since its inception two summers ago.

This Mobil gas station in Richmond, R.I., was at the center of a ’60 Minutes’ story in the early 1980s about leaking underground fuel tanks. More than 30 years later, some 1,300 underground fuel tanks in Rhode Island leak gasoline and other contaminants. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

This Mobil gas station in Richmond, R.I., was at the center of a ’60 Minutes’ story in the early 1980s about leaking underground fuel tanks. More than 30 years later, some 1,300 underground fuel tanks in Rhode Island leak gasoline and other contaminants. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

RICHMOND, R.I. — The story of Canob Park is a nearly forgotten one today, but in 1983 the neighborhood received national attention, when “60 Minutes” featured the plight of a local neighborhood. The intent was to highlight an emerging environmental problem: hundreds of thousands of aging and leaking underground gas tanks and a lack of environmental regulations to address the threat.

Protect Our Waters by Recycling Mercury-Containing Products

In Rhode Island, where recreational waters and seafood restaurants attract tourists by the tens of thousands, protecting those economic assets should be a top priority for our legislators. It's essential that mercury-containing products, such as compact fluorescent bulbs, are recycled properly.

Compost Key to Healing Economy and Environment

Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. The removal of organics from our landfill stream is one of our key strategies for reducing the production of greenhouse gases, especially methane, and provides a new resource for one of the few industries in Rhode Island that is expanding, agriculture.

A cesspool ban came close to passing last year when, during the final days of the legislative session, the bill was pulled from a full Senate vote without an explanation.

A cesspool ban came close to passing last year when, during the final days of the legislative session, the bill was pulled from a full Senate vote without an explanation.

If a baby bird doesn’t have feathers and you can reach the nest, put it back. Your touch will not cause the mother to abandon the baby. (Audubon Society of R.I.)

If a baby bird doesn’t have feathers and you can reach the nest, put it back. Your touch will not cause the mother to abandon the baby. (Audubon Society of R.I.)

Forage fish are food for seals and other animals that are integral to healthy marine ecosystems. (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Forage fish are food for seals and other animals that are integral to healthy marine ecosystems. (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Studies Find Value in Energy Efficiency, Solar Power

After two tough winters, the cost of energy is a top concern for many consumers. A recent study by Acadia Center shows that energy efficiency may be one of the best solutions for keeping those costs under control. Thanks to existing investment in efficiency programs, Northeast customers saved about $1.5 billion from January to March 2014.

Massasoit State Park Scheduled for Summer Renovations

TAUNTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation plans to increase public accessibility at Massasoit State Park through renovation projects and the assignment of seasonal staff. Enhanced accessibility at the 1,500-acre park is expected to begin July 1.

 


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