City supports local businesses, reminds residents that Hope Street is open for business during construction.
Mayor Angel Taveras and members of the Hope Street Merchants Association launched the "Big Green Can for Business" recycling pilot program this morning. Nineteen Hope Street small businesses are participating in the City's pilot program to extend Providence's successful Big Green Can recycling initiative to the business community.
"I am pleased to support local businesses by providing recycling collection," said Mayor Taveras. "This is an important investment in Providence's recycling efforts to make our city a more sustainable and livable place for everyone."
The Office of Sustainability worked in partnership with the Hope Street Merchants Association to develop the pilot program, which is expected to expand to other areas of the city. Participating businesses are charged for the $50 cost of the Big Green Can, and benefit from free weekly collection service.
The tonnage of recycling collected through the program will count towards the city's recycling profit share with the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.
"We are excited to launch this recycling program and work with local businesses to make it easy to be green," said Sheila Dormody, director of the Office of Sustainability.
Hope Street Is Open For Business
Mayor Taveras also toured local businesses along Hope Street and reminded consumers that Hope Street remains open for business as the Narragansett Bay Commission completes infrastructure improvements in the area.
The city is working closely with the Narragansett Bay Commission, area residents and businesses to ensure that the construction program runs smoothly and to minimize disruptions to residents and merchants. The city has provided residents with temporary overnight parking permits for those whose driveways are inaccessible during the construction period.