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Why is Infrastructure important for a livable Newport?

Broadway, Newport

Through special forums and representation at City Council and other civic meetings, the Alliance for a Livable Newport strives to bring an objective view to the matter at hand so that residents can make informed decisions.

Clean air and water are basic to good health everywhere. However, for Newport, many of the key reasons people are attracted to visit and live here relate to our environment: clean water, air quality and adequate infrastructure for all the wonderful outdoor recreational activities and historic treasures Newport has to offer.


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  1. Rhode Island Switches from “Dual Recycling” to “Single Stream” on Earth Day 2012 (article contributed by Lauren Carson)

    Every day, approximately 175 trucks deliver roughly 380 tons of material to the the Rhode Island Municipal Recycling Facility or the MRF, located at the Johnston Landfill. Both residential and commercial recyclables are processed at the Johnston MRF. Currently Rhode Island’s MRF is known as a “dual stream” facility, implying that recyclables are sorted before they are actually recycled for reuse. This means that recyclable paper is kept separated from the bottles and cans throughout the sorting process. The paper is processed in one section of the building and the bottles and cans are processed in a different section. This separation helps to maintain the quality of the finished product.

    However, this April on Earth Day 2012, Rhode Island will launch it’s new “single stream” recycling facility. What is single-stream recycling? How will that affect recycling in Newport?

    Single-stream recycling is a system in which all recyclable materials –- fiber (newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper, catalogs, magazines and junk mail) and containers (glass, steel, aluminum and plastic) -– are placed, unsorted, in one recycling bin and sorted by state-of-the-art processing equipment at a regional recycling center. The RI recycling center is located at the Johnston landfill. Rhode Island’s decision to switch to single stream collection goes along with the Rhode Island Resource and Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) expecting to realize a 20-40 percent increase in its recycling program participation with the installation of the new MRF. RIRRC manages the landfill and the state recycling program.

    It’s an easier way to recycle. Not only Newport residents, but all Rhode Island residents and collectors are will no longer required to separate paper and containers, making curbside recycling much more convenient.

    Watch for more information on “single stream” recycling in newspapers, on television and flyers in the mail outlining how the programs will work.

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