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The 2016 Rhode Island General Assembly is underway. Clean Water is supporting several bills to protect our health and communities from toxic chemicals in flame retardants, disclose the ingredients in cosmetics, move Rhode Island forward on clean energy, and help combat climate change.
A Green Event seeks to minimize its impact on the environment and host community by incorporating core principles of resource conservation. These principles range from providing recycling to bike racks to procuring renewable energy and reusable materials. At each step a Green Event adds value for guests and helps improve the quality of life in the host community.
When local governments took on responsibility for solid waste more than a century ago, household waste was primarily coal ash leftover from heating and cooking. The rest was mainly food and a small amount of simple manufactured products like paper and glass. Today manufactured products and their packaging make up 75% of what we throw away.
Small businesses across the Ocean State are collecting light bulbs containing mercury for recycling as a part of a program supported by Clean Water Fund and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Stores that sell the bulbs and other home furnishings are offering residents a free collection service for burned-out compact fluorescents (CFLs) and linear bulbs up to 4 feet in length. The stores will ship the waste bulbs to a recycling facility.
This simple process will help prevent one source of mercury, a powerful neurotoxin, from finding its way into our environment. The program makes it easy for consumers to return spent bulbs for recycling close to home.