Central Landfill Investigation Uncovers Waste

JOHNSTON, R.I. — Cardboard and compostables are two of the most common categories of waste filling up Rhode Island's Central Landfill, according to a recently published study by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. The study aimed to identify materials that could be diverted from the landfill, presently or in the future, to recycling facilities or for reuse.

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Small-Scale Composting in R.I. About to Get Easier

Under current Rhode Island regulations, any composting operation larger than a backyard pile must be registered with the state Department of Environmental Management. Because the regulations don’t factor in a compost operation’s size, are extremely stringent, and, in many cases, are wildly inappropriate for smaller operations, they effectively prohibit small- and medium-sized compost operations from opening in the state.

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Oyster Festival Diverts 2.5 Tons of Shells, Compostables

PROVIDENCE — The more than 1,000 people who converged on the city's waterfront Sept. 20 for the inaugural Ocean State Oyster Festival were probably so focused on slurping down briny bivalves that they may not have paid much heed to the yellow compost bins at the dozen or so waste stations scattered throughout the festival venue. That is, until they went to discard their compostable trays and oyster shells.

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