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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-26-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – The City Council last week revised the city's rules on solid waste and recycling, bringing changes recommended by the Department of Public Works to help the city cut down on the num- ber of contaminated recycling loads that are being rejected by the state. The changes include switching away from penalizing residents for violations and instead penalizing property owners for noncompliance. That will help city workers educate noncompliant residents and prop- erty owners, which in return will reduce the number of rejected recy- cling loads, say officials. Education is the best way to bring results, they say, but fines may also be necessary. Another change is to increase the fine for a second violation from $25 to $50, a figure that's still lower than fines in other communities, according to officials. The revised rules also prohibit leaving any recycling outside of a recycling con- tainer. According to DPW personnel, other communities that have imple- mented the change to penalize property owners instead of residents have seen a tremendous drop in the number of rejected recycling loads, and this updated verbiage will hope- fully lead to change in Pawtucket. Councilor Mark Wildenhain, who voted for the change as part of a unanimous approval, said he under- stands the intent of the change, but said as a landlord himself he has a hard time when it comes to putting violations by tenants on property owners. There are ways to make sure tenants comply with rules not to mix trash with recycling, he said, including signing legal agreements. Councilor John Barry said Wildenhain's point is a good one, but said as he rides around the city, he's seeing recycling bins overflow- ing with garbage. The issue is made worse when trash pickup is delayed a day, he said, with waste often left out on sidewalks for a full 48 hours. This change is needed, he said, and if it's the step that will cut down on the abuse of the recycling program and reduce trash in recycling bins, "then it needs to happen." Many absentee landlords, living in communities all around Pawtucket, don't seem to care about the issue, he said. Increased disposal costs and excess trash tonnage last year cost the city about $400,000 in unbud- geted fees, according to officials. Leaders revise rules on contaminated recycling By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See RECYCLING, Page 4 Short Term Therapy & Long Term Care We deliver the highest caliber of medical and rehabilitative care, with the compassion, kindness and respect every patient deserves. Schedule a Tour. Call Today! 15 Sumner Brown Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 (401) 333-6352 Mount St. Rita Health Centre Mercy Rehabilitation featuring X-Rays • Physicals • Drug Screens • Walk-in Services Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Weekends 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Open most holidays 209 Armistice Blvd. Pawtucket, RI 401-725-4100 Hold Your Spot In Line! Our goal is to be prompt, and give great care in a pleasant environment. Go to and click online check-in to sign in.

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