standing Westerly transfer station

Fees charged to the state’s municipalities for use of the state’s Central Landfill in Johnston will remain at the current rate of $47 per ton for the coming two fiscal years, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, which manages the facility announced Monday.

“We appreciate Resource Recovery’s decision to maintain the current municipal tipping fee rates for the next two years,” said Brian Daniels, executive director of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns. "Municipal leaders work hard to deliver quality services while balancing budgets, and this welcome decision provides cities and towns with greater budget stability in the coming years." Michael Sabitoni, chairman of Resource Recovery’s Board of Commissioners commended the board and its staff "for working hard on a daily basis to control costs while maintaining a high level of customer service, and putting public safety and environmental protection above all else."

Joe Reposa, the corporation’s executive director, pointed to the role that larger than expected commercial disposal volumes and increased commercial disposal fees played in avoiding a municipal increase.  He also emphasized the negative effect higher disposal volumes have on usable space at the Central Landfill and encouraged state residents "to help extend the value of this important state asset by reducing, reusing and recycling wherever possible."

– Dale P. Faulkner