What will happen when we DO run out of space in the landfill?
RIRRC is currently updating RI’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Master Plan, and is looking into what our state’s options are once the Central Landfill reaches capacity. Remember that alternatives to disposal in our landfill are very expensive — whether it’s shipping our trash out-of-state or building a waste-to-energy facility. Reserving landfill space for materials that are non-recyclable is the common sense thing to do. When you reduce the amount of trash you make, reuse materials whenever possible, recycle right in your bin or cart at home, and set other materials aside for occasional collection or drop-off, you are helping to extend the life of our landfill. This is good for our environment, our economy and each other.