City of Pawtucket


Mayor Donald R. Grebien

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Dear Fellow Pawtucket Residents,

I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits. I would like to take a moment to shed some light on an important aspect of sustainable living that we believe is crucial for our community, “recycling”. Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new products, reducing the need for precious raw materials and minimizing the amount of waste sent to landfills. It plays a pivotal role in saving municipal funds, conserving resources, preventing pollution, and mitigating the impact of climate change. While it may seem insignificant on an individual level, the collective effort of our entire Pawtucket community can make a tremendous difference. One of the primary benefits of recycling is the conservation of natural resources.

By reusing materials like paper, plastic, glass, and metal, we can significantly reduce the extraction and processing of raw materials from the environment. This not only preserves forests, oil reserves, and mineral deposits but also protects biodiversity and natural habitats. By recycling, we can create a circular economy in which resources are utilized thoughtfully and waste is minimized. Furthermore, recycling has a significant impact on reducing pollution. For example, recycling paper saves trees and reduces the energy and water required to produce new paper.

Recycling plastic prevents the release of harmful chemicals during the manufacturing of new plastic products and reduces the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our oceans and landfills. Similarly, recycling aluminum saves up to 95% of the energy required to produce new aluminum, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These are just a few examples of how recycling can support our commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment. Lastly, recycling offers economic benefits as well. When we recycle materials, they can be processed and transformed into new products, generating employment opportunities and contributing to economic growth. Additionally, recycling can help reduce waste management costs, as sending waste to landfills can be expensive due to transportation and disposal fees.

By recycling, we can potentially decrease the overall burden on our municipal budget and allocate resources more efficiently. It is our collective responsibility to prioritize recycling and make it a daily habit. Simple steps such as separating recyclables from your regular trash, placing recycling bins in accessible areas, and educating yourself and others about the importance of recycling can go a long way in creating a sustainable future for Pawtucket. By actively participating in recycling programs, we can create a positive impact on the environment, conserve resources, and leave a greener planet for future Pawtucket generations. Let’s work together to make recycling a cornerstone of our community’s environmental efforts.

I have attached some actual pictures from recently rejected recycling loads. As you can see in the picture our recycling is often rejected by: Excessive food waste, bagged materials, non-recyclables, clothing and textiles, construction material, garbage bags, and shredded paper just to name a few. If you have any questions or need guidance on how to recycle effectively, please reach out to me directly utilizing one of the contact methods below. Thank you for your time and dedication in helping us build a stronger, cleaner, more sustainable Pawtucket.

With Highest Regards, 

Gabriel Camara Jr

Operations Technician

City of Pawtucket

Bulky Waste / Recycling Division Email: [email protected]

Tel: (401) 728-0500 Ext: 365

Reuse the past, recycle the present, save the future!