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Pawtucket Launches Business Recycling Program

In an effort to provide our small business community with a valuable amenity, Mayor Donald R. Grebien has announced today that the City of Pawtucket will be expanding its recycling program to the business community through a new pilot program beginning June 6th.


“We have so many great small businesses here in the city that call our community home. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our business climate and this service upgrade is a common sense way to do just that,” stated Grebien. Pawtucket’s recycling rate is already tops in the state for curbside recycling among communities that collect curbside from more than 10,000 residences. “We have had so much success with our residential recycling program that we wanted to offer it to small businesses located here in the Pawtucket community,” said the Mayor.


Just three short years ago, the City’s recycling rate was at 17%. Thanks to improvements in operations and automated recycling collection, as well as the willing participation of Pawtucket’s residents, the City increased its recycling rate to over 31%. The increase in recycling enables the City to receive additional reimbursements from Rhode Island Resource Recovery. “Bolstering our recycling numbers is not only the environmentally responsible thing to do, it helps add to our bottom line,” added Mayor Grebien.    


Businesses that participate in this new program will be eligible to receive a recycling cart free of charge. If businesses require additional recycling carts, up to four additional carts may be obtained through the City’s 50/50 cost-sharing program at a cost to the business of $30.00 each. Recycling carts will continue to be picked up bi-weekly on their regularly scheduled recycling day. Normal recycling rules will still apply. Paper, cardboard, plastic, glass bottles and glass jars are all recyclable under this program. Carts must be placed curbside and free from obstructions to ensure timely collection.


To enroll in the City’s Business Recycling Program, interested parties are encouraged to visit the city website at The complete terms and conditions of the business recycling program can be found on the sign up form located at the bottom of the Public Works Department page.  


“We hope that Pawtucket’s small businesses will take advantage of the program and help contribute to Pawtucket’s sustainability,” said the Mayor.

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