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Providence parking ban at midnight; no school tomorrow

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Snow from yesterday’s storm this morning on Broadway

Posted on February 4, 2014.

Here we go again. From the City:


Providence Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, Feb. 5

Parking Ban Begins at Midnight Tonight – Don’t ‘Block the Box’

PROVIDENCE, RI – In preparation for a winter snow storm forecast to bring treacherous driving conditions and leave several inches of heavy, wet snow in Providence, Providence Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

The City of Providence has declared a citywide parking ban beginning at midnight tonight. The parking ban will remain in effect until further notice.

The State of the City Address that had been planned for tomorrow evening will take place on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5PM in the City Council Chambers at Providence City Hall.

Snowfall is expected to begin in the early morning hours tomorrow and continue throughout the day before turning to sleet and freezing rain. Residents are advised that freezing temperatures forecast for tomorrow night will likely cause untreated walkways to become icy. Residents are asked to take caution while clearing snow from sidewalks as soon as possible to prevent icy conditions.

The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm. The City’s Emergency Operations Center will be partially activated with Providence Emergency Management staff.

Residents can stay up to date on the latest storm developments from the City by using the filter #PVDsnow on Twitter and following the accounts of Mayor Taveras and PEMA.

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Wondering when to put out your trash and recycling?

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Another week with a holiday and a snowstorm throws the waste collection schedule into disarray. Here’s the updated collection schdule from the City (note: normal collection days are impacted this week and next):


TRASH REMOVAL

Garbage and recycling will not take place today, Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

The garbage and recycling collection schedule has been revised for this week based on the Monday holiday and snowstorm. All pickups for the rest of the week will be as follows:

  • Tuesday pickup will be Thursday, January 23
  • Wednesday pickup will be Friday, January 24
  • Thursday pickup will be Saturday, January 25
  • Friday pickup will be Monday, January 27

Christmas tree pickup will continue through the rest of this week and end on Monday, January 27, 2014.

All pickups for the week of January 27, 2014 will be delayed by one day:

  • Monday pickup will be Tuesday, January 28
  • Tuesday pickup will be Wednesday, January 29
  • Wednesday pickup will be Thursday, January 30
  • Thursday pickup will be Friday, January 31
  • Friday pickup will be Saturday, February 1

The regular trash pickup schedule will resume on Monday, February 3, 2014.

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Mayor’s Office: Super Storm Sandy Frequently Asked Questions

When will my trash be picked up?

Trash collection resumed today in the neighborhoods that normally have their trash picked up on Mondays and Tuesdays. Residents who normally have their trash collected on Wednesdays should put their bins and cans out to the curb tonight. Residents who normally have their trash collected on Thursdays should put their bins and cans out tomorrow night. Residents who normally have their trash collected on Friday should put their bins and cans out on Friday night.

Is yard waste being collected this week?

No. Waste Management and the City of Providence agreed to suspend yard waste pick-up this week to redirect all available resources to trash and recycling pick up. Yard waste pick-up will resume on Monday, November 5. Leaves, branches and other yard debris must be placed in paper yard bags or put out in open barrels clearly labeled ‘YARD WASTE.’ Branches must be bundled together and cut to less than four feet.

What do I do with larger fallen branches and trees?

Please contact the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (421-2489) by November 9 to be placed on a waiting list for the City’s Forestry Division. Residents must bring the debris to the curb. The Forestry Division will not pick up debris on private property and will only collect debris from private residences that have requested assistance from the Office of Neighborhood Services. If you hire a private contractor to clear debris, they are responsible to take the debris away. The Forestry Division will only collect debris caused by the storm.

What, if any, assistance is available for damage to personal property?

If your home was damaged during the storm, please contact your insurance company. If a city-owned tree caused damage, instruct your insurance company to file a claim with the City of Providence. If a city-owned tree has fallen onto your property OR if a tree from your property has fallen on a public sidewalk or street, please contact the Forestry Division (785-9450) to have it removed.

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Recycling/Trash collection resume tomorrow, Amtrak does not

Recycling and trash collection in Providence resumes tomorrow, however the schedule has been modified as follows:

  • Residents who have collection on Monday put out trash and recycling Tuesday evening to be collected on Wednesday.
  • Residents who have collection on Tuesday put out trash and recycling Tuesday evening to be collected by Thursday.
  • Residents who have collection on Wednesday put out trash and recycling Wednesday evening to be collected on Thursday.
  • Residents who have collection on Thursday put out trash and recycling Thursday evening to be collected on Friday.
  • Residents who have collection on Friday put out trash and recycling Friday evening to be collected on Saturday.

Due to flooding in New York, there continue to be massive service disruptions on Amtrak:

Therefore, there will be no Northeast Regional service between Newark and Boston and no Acela Express service for the length of the Northeast Corridor on Wednesday, October 31.

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New City of Providence recycling program

The gist of the program is next month, all households are set to receive a new grey bin which will now be used for trash. The current green bins will be retrofitted with a blue lid and will now be your super duper single stream recycling bin.

Here’s all the details from the City:

Download a flyer explaining the program pdf

Providence Launches New Recycling Initiative Wednesday, September 26, 2012

‘Big Green Can’ barrels currently used for trash will now be used for recycling; larger barrel aims to increase recycling rates by making it easier to recycle.

big-green-canProvidence’s Big Green Can is about to get greener and recycling is getting a lot easier in the capital city.

Starting October 1 and continuing through the end of the year, every Providence household will receive a new, 65-gallon gray trash barrel. As soon as a gray can is delivered to a household, its large, 95-gallon ‘Big Green Can’ barrel currently used for trash will be used for recycling. Waste Management will replace the lids on the Big Green Cans with a bright blue lid and graphic instructions on the new recycling procedure.

The larger recycling barrel, coupled with the statewide transition to single-stream recycling, aims to increase recycling rates by making it easier for all residents to recycle.

“I am excited to launch this recycling program and make a new, stronger commitment to sustainability in Providence,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Cities that have implemented similar programs have seen increases in their recycling rate. That is great for the environment, and it is also great for our bottom line. It has never been easier to recycle and together, we are building more sustainable, greener future for our capital city.”

Residents should begin using their Big Green Can for all recyclables as soon as they get their new gray barrel for other trash. Recyclables don’t need to be sorted – simply put all plastics, paper, glass, metal cans and foil together in the Big Green Can.

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ecoRI News: New Launch Date for Single-Stream Recycling

The goal of single-stream recycling is to dramatically increase the volume of recycable items collected, thereby extending the life of the state landfill. The new sorting machines can bundle a variety of plastics, such as coffee cups and yogurt containers. Selling bales of these plastics to recycling processors is expected to bring in additional revenue to the RIRRC and participating cities and towns.

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