Pawtucket expanding donation/recycling programs to reduce landfill waste, save money

The city is working with local organizations to provide donation and recycling options for items that could otherwise be difficult or costly to properly recycle

By: Tim Studebaker

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – The city of Pawtucket wants to send less trash to the landfill. It’s not just for environmental reasons, but also to save the city money since it has to pay for all the trash it sends to the state’s facilities in Johnston.

Pawtucket Public Works Business Manager Richard Karsulavitch says, “Costs over at the transfer station and at the landfill, prices have been going up for the cost of doing business throughout the state.  So, we started looking at ways that we could save money.”

The city is teaming up with local organizations to make it easier for residents to recycle or donate items that could otherwise be a challenge when it comes to proper disposal, like mattresses, box springs, electronics, air conditioners, televisions, and even clothing, to name a few.

Karsulavitch says, “All this now is being diverted from going to the landfill, which now is being recycled and is actually saving the city money by not going to the landfill.”

Not only is the program saving the city money, it’s also saving residents money.  Recycling some larger items often comes with a price tag, but in most cases there is no cost for residents to drop off items.  The city hopes this will help encourage even more residents to participate.

Karsulavitch says, “A lot of people, they don’t know what to do with it.  As soon as we can break habits and do things the correct way, get the proper recycling done, make sure it doesn’t wind up in the landfill, it’ll be a huge success.”

Donation and recycling drop-offs can be made at various sites throughout the city and on certain collection days.  The city expects the program to gain popularity in the coming months.

Karsulavitch says, “It’s spring cleaning time!”

If you live in Pawtucket and would like to know more, reach out to the Public Works Department via email: or by phone: (401) 728-0500 ext. 233

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