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RI Litter Task Force

At the May 7, 2003 DEM Environmental Roundtable meeting, the question of DEM's Litter Program was raised. Due to past budget cuts DEM does not currently have the financial or personnel resources to be an active participant in this program. Due to this fact, roundtable participants requested DEM to initiate a Litter Task Force to discuss the future of this program. DEM convened a Litter Task Force in June 2003. The purpose of the group was to:
  1. Review the extent of the problem
  2. Review the current litter legislation, and
  3. Review the sources of funding for the program
This website had been set up to facilitate information transfer on this topic. DEM is one of the partners of this Task Force and supports the updates to this website. At the present time, there is no chair of the RI Litter Task Force. At the May 2006 meeting, group agreed that the Litter Task Force activities will been suspended. In the event this group determines there is a need to meet again on specific issues, the group will be reconstituted.

If you have specific questions concerning the Litter Task Force you can contact the Environmental Council of Rhode Island at the following e-mail address:, or at
Environment Council of RI
PO Box 9061
Providence, RI 02940

Office Location:
298 West Exchange Place
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-621-8048
Fax: 401-331-5266
Agendas and Minutes

There were no scheduled Litter Task Force meetings in July or August 2005. In addition, the Task Force did not meet in the July 2004 to February 2005 time period.

Agendas Minutes
May 17, 2006 Agenda May 17, 2006 Minutes
April 19, 2006 Agenda  
March 15, 2006 Agenda March 15, 2006 Minutes
February 15, 2006 Agenda February 15, 2006 Minutes
January 18, 2006 Agenda January 18, 2006 Minutes
December 14, 2005 Agenda December 14, 2005 Minutes
November 17, 2005 Agenda November 17, 2005 Minutes
October 20, 2005 Agenda October 20, 2005 Minutes
September 29, 2005 Agenda September 29, 2005 Minutes
  June 30, 2005 Minutes
  May 26, 2005 Minutes
  April 28, 2005 Minutes
March 24, 2005 Agenda March 24, 2005 Minutes
May 27, 2004 Agenda  
April 8, 2004 Agenda  
March 18, 2004 Agenda  
February 19, 2004 Agenda February 19, 2004 Minutes
January 15, 2004 Agenda January 15, 2004 Minutes
December 11, 2003 Agenda December 11, 2003 Minutes
November 20, 2003 Agenda November 20, 2003 Minutes
October 16, 2003 Agenda October 16, 2003 Minutes
September 25, 2003 Agenda September 25, 2003 Minutes
August 21, 2003 Agenda August 21, 2003 Minutes

2006 Legislation

Promotion of Paper and Reusable Bag Usage:
Senate S 2670
House H 6991

Litter Control - Allocation of Funds:
Senate S 2670
House H 6911

Rhode Island General Laws on Litter

Litter Control and Recycling

Taxation of Beverage Containers, Hard-to-Dispose Material and Litter Control

Other Links

RI Resource Recovery website on the RESTORE Program that collects plastic bags.

Bottled Water
Earth Policy Institute article on disposable water bottles

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