Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and East Greenwich Town Manager William Sequino have announced that their communities have extended for another year an agreement in which the city accepts yard waste from the town at its composting facility.
The program, begun as a one-year pilot in April 2009, began because the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) sets an annual limit on the amount of yard waste a community can bring to the state landfill. East Greenwich has traditionally exceeded its cap easily. Warwick, because it has its own composting facility off Sandy Lane, does not. RIRRC charges a community for every ton of yard waste over its limit.
The agreement allows the town to deliver up to 600 tons of material to the Warwick facility each year. Warwick charges the town $12.50 per ton, enabling the town to cut its RIRRC disposal fees roughly by half.
The agreement is in place through the end of Warwick’s fiscal year, June 30, 2013.