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RI Department of Environmental Management
DEM OFFERS ROUNDTABLE TO SHOW COMMUNITIES HOW TO HOLD THE LINE ON WASTE COLLECTION COSTS BY USING PAY-AS-YOU-THROW SYSTEMS
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's OSCAR Program (Ocean State Cleanup and Recycling) will sponsor a roundtable on Pay-As-You-Throw trash collection systems on Thursday, January 27 (rescheduled from December 8). The Roundtable will be held from 9 am to 1 pm in Room 300 of the Foundry Building, 235 Promenade Street, Providence.
According to Terri Bisson, OSCAR Program Manager, Pay-As-You-Throw means having residents pay for the actual amount of trash they dispose of rather than a flat rate through their property taxes. "When everyone pays the same amount, there's no incentive to reduce waste," says Bisson. "With Pay-As-You Throw, people have to take responsibility for their own trash. If they reduce their waste and recycle more, they pay less. It's an effective way to hold solid waste disposal costs down, and that helps keep property taxes down." Pay-As-You-Throw systems are currently in place in Rhode Island in Hopkinton, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Westerly.
The Roundtable will offer city and town officials and others interested in solid waste management the opportunity to learn how Pay-As-You-Throw works and to meet and talk with those who have operated Pay-As-You-Throw systems in Worcester, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine and other communities. Participants will also learn what Rhode Island residents and municipal officials had to say about Pay-As-You-Throw in DEM-sponsored focus groups, and how to solve problems that may occur in implementing pay-as-you-throw.
For more information and to register for the Roundtable, contact Sheila DiSarro, DEM Office of Strategic Planning and Policy, 235 Promenade St., Suite 330, Providence, RI 02908; telephone (401) 222-3434; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax to (401) 222-2591. Registrations must be received by Friday, January 14, 2000.