- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Newport is considering an ordinance requiring recycling at public events.

The Newport Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that the proposed ordinance would require applicants for a special-event license to have a plan for the collection of waste and recyclables. All recycling and waste bins would have to be labeled and all the recyclables would be delivered and weighed at a recycling facility.

State law requires trash and recyclables to be collected separately and for the recyclables to be brought to a recycling facility. But almost no communities in Rhode island have passed ordinances outlining procedures for public events.

Newport has had a recycling rate of 23 percent for years. The state’s mandatory recycling rate is 35 percent.

The City Council has scheduled a workshop to discuss the proposal for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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