The Rhode Island Schools Recycling Club (RISRC) was created in 2001 as a partnership with the RI Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). Prior to 2001, school recycling in RI was among the lowest in New England. Since 2001, the statewide school recycling rate has grown from 18% to a current rate of 68% participation, from 76 schools with recycling programs in 2001 to 286 in 2008. RISRC estimates that each year more than 5,000 RI students actively participate in their school's recycling programs through in-school recycling or environmental clubs and organizations. There is now an interactive web/data base that provides recycling resources and support for schools interested in improving their recycling programs.