Green Business Forum to Focus on Solid Waste Management

Rhode Island College’s fall 2013 Green Business Forum will focus on matters relating to the state’s solid waste management plan on Nov. 14. The forum, “Rhode Island Solid Waste Management Plan: Why Care About Trash?” will be held from 4-6 p.m. in Alger Hall, room 110.

Free and open to the public, the forum, a second event in a speaker series, will feature Michael O’Connell, executive director of Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, and Sarah Kite, director of recycling services, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

RIC Sustainability Coordinator Jim Murphy said the forum will provide critical information for businesses and their employees on how to increasing recycling and composting in the workplace, among other trash-related issues.

It will also address what the state plans to do when its central landfill becomes full.

“Businesses spend an enormous amount of money each year disposing of trash and recyclables,” Murphy said.

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation provides onsite processing and disposal service including sanitary landfilling, commercial composting, recyclables sorting and processing, a small vehicle waste sorting area, and construction and demolition debris grinding. The Johnston-based corporation is responsible for managing the state’s solid waste and recyclables.

RIC’s Green Business Forum series began last spring and was initiated to provide conversations around the link between sustainability efforts and business best practices.

“More and more businesses are hiring sustainability coordinators or directors,” Murphy said. “They are buying into sustainability practices and this gives them a way to see the return on their investment.”

For more information on the forum, contact Jim Murphy at or at 456-8799.