City of Providence to host the recycling event in partnership with
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation’s Eco-Depot and the
Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (February 19, 2013) – Seven teenaged members of the Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots were inspired to take action after learning about the risks associated with household hazardous waste and e-waste. They learned that every year Americans improperly dispose of 192 million gallons of used motor oil into our environment. This is almost the same amount of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. Americans dispose of almost 400 million electronic items per year and less than 20% of that e-waste is recycled. They also learned that recycling household hazardous waste and e-waste can mean a healthier environment with less air, water and soil pollution.
The Roots and Shoots teens were inspired to do something concrete to make a positive impact on the problem right here in Rhode Island. With help from their Roger William’s Park Zoo team leader, Jen Karow, they reached out to the City of Providence recycling program manager, Bien Garcia, and Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation’s Eco-Depot special waste program manager, Joe Rotella, to plan a free recycling day, “Ready, Set, Recycle!” for all Rhode Island residents.
On Saturday March 16th from 8 am – 1 pm, Rhode Island residents can bring their household hazardous waste and electronic waste to 700 Allens Avenue in Providence, where trained & certified workers will accept waste from vehicles at various stations. Roots and Shoots club members will be handing out a free Zoo admission ticket to every driver bringing in their waste for recycling.
“Partnering with RIRRC along with Roots and Shoots gives the city a great opportunity to prevent hazardous and bulky waste from ending up in the landfill,” said Sheila Dormody, the Director of Sustainability for the City of Providence. “The Ready, Set, Recycle! event is a free and convenient opportunity for all of our residents to do some spring cleaning and help the environment at the same time.”
“RIRRC is excited to team up with the City of Providence and the Roger Williams Park Zoo on this special partnership,” said Joe Rotella, Special Waste Manager for RIRRC. “A collaboration of this kind always helps to increase awareness of our Eco-Depot and E-waste collections, a valuable service to all Rhode Islanders. We are also pleased to announce that we will also be accepting unwanted recycling bins and mattresses at the event, so we encourage all Rhode Islanders with these items to come down and take advantage of this collection.”
Common types of household hazardous waste include oil-based paint, rechargeable batteries, mercury containing devices like thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, fertilizer, pool chemicals and automotive fluids. E-waste includes any electronic devices such as computer, printers, cell phones and associated wiring. For more information on the types of household hazardous waste and e-waste that can be accepted, please visit www.ecodepotri.org.
About Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots at Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roots and Shoots is an exciting service-based program founded by Dr. Jane Goodall in 1991. Its mission is to guide young people in taking action on issues that they feel are important. Roger Williams Park Zoo offers Roots and Shoots clubs for 9 – 17 year olds. Care and concern for the human community, the environment and animals are the goal of the activities at each meeting to help young people develop self-respect, confidence and hope for the future.
About Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is the quasi-state environmental agency dedicated to providing the public with environmentally sound programs and facilities to manage waste. The agency helps fund and promote the state’s recycling program, and owns and operates the Materials Recycling Facility and Central Landfill in Johnston.
About the City of Providence Office of Sustainability
The mission of City of Providence Office of Sustainability is to provide a better quality of life for all residents while maintaining nature’s ability to function by minimizing waste, preventing pollution, promoting efficiency and reducing energy consumption in city-owned facilities.