Rhode Island's Central Landfill Welcomes Out-of-State Recyclables

Date: July 18, 2011

Source: News Room

Rhode Island state lawmakers recently amended a longstanding ban on out-of-state waste at its Central Landfill to allow for the import of recyclables. The Central Landfill is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC), a quasi-governmental entity that has recently suffered nearly $75 million in losses stemming from years of mismanagement, cronyism, and malfeasance by some of its advisors. State planners are no doubt hopeful that importing recyclables would generate much needed profits, which at current prices, could total $60 per ton of material. RIRRC hopes that importing recyclables will add 20,000 to 30,000 tons per year to its recycling facility which is currently processing 100,000 tons or recyclables per year.

See also: "Rhode Island Resource Recovery Wins Judgment Against Insurer to Cover Losses," (www.wasteinfo.com/news/wbj20110601E.htm).

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