Why read the SWMP?
At current disposal rates, the Central Landfill in Johnston has 24 years of remaining capacity and will close in 2038. Building another landfill in Rhode Island is unlikely and further expansion at the Johnston location is problematic.
The RIRRC’s financial condition, over time, has deteriorated due to several major factors:
- The municipal tip (disposal) fee that has been frozen by the Legislature for 24 consecutive years at $32/ton. The tip fee no longer covers the operational costs of landfilling currently at $43/ton.
- National economic declines in 2008 resulted in a reduction in commercial waste volume and the associated fees by 40%.
- Regulatory compliance activities required RIRRC to incur a debt of $40 million for infrastructure improvements