At the end of last year, we completed our conversion to the Big Green Can recycling barrel, ensuring that every Providence household received a Big Green Can as well as a new, 65-gallon gray trash barrel. With the new, larger recycling barrel, coupled with the statewide transition to single-stream recycling, its now even easier for all residents to recycle. Recyclables no longer need to be sorted all recyclable plastics, paper, glass, metal cans and foil can be put together in residents Big Green Can.
To take advantage of the states Recycle Together program, the city is working with Waste Management to ensure that every resident is recycling the appropriate items in their Big Green Can.
The following items can be placed and recycled in Big Green Cans: bottles, cans, plastic containers (less than two gallons), newspaper, mail and clean cardboard boxes.
The following items cannot be placed in Big Green Cans: scrap metal, Styrofoam, diapers, garden hoses, pizza and take-out boxes, plastic toys, televisions and other small appliances, yard waste, food, wood and clothing. These items are not recyclable here are tips on how residents can properly dispose of these items:
" Leaf and yard waste - place for weekly curbside collection in biodegradable paper leaf bags
" Food waste bag and place in gray trash can or start backyard composting
" Clothing recycle clothing at a local Salvation Army or other clothing drop boxes
" Rugs contact Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545
" Plastic bags bring shopping bags back to supermarkets or place in gray trash can
" Plastic objects bigger than 2 gallons place in gray trash can or contact Waste Management to schedule collection
" Bulky items, including televisions and couches contact Waste Management at 1-800-975-4545 to schedule collection
Recycling is good for the environment and good for Providence. For every ton of recyclables placed in Big Green Cans, the city saves $32. When non-recyclable materials are placed in Big Green Cans, this has a negative financial impact on the city, costing tax dollars and losing out on the chance to recycle these materials. As a result, disposing of trash in the Big Green Can results in a minimum fine of $50 to the property owner.
Residents whose recycling was not picked up on a particular day or who have questions about recycling should please call the Providence Environmental Office at 467-7950. By working together and using the Big Green Can for recycling materials only, we can create a cleaner, greener Providence.