Lingering trash and litter are visible public health and social problems caused by the behavior of people around the world.  Thankfully, this behavior has shifted since the 1960’s when it was not a social taboo to litter to now where it not only crosses the social norm line, but it is also considered an unethical act.  Littering is done when people feel no responsibility to the environment and they do not respect the public places they frequent. Education and information can help support the change as both people and place play a role.

In April the city’s Department of Public Services initiated an awareness campaign designed to help change the behavior of people who litter and support those that do not litter.  “The city has recently completed streetscape improvements along our local main street, Broadway, and many of these changes have incorporated green infrastructure elements that are designed to help the environment and create positive environmental awareness,” says William Riccio, Director of Public Services.  The “Put Litter in Its Place” awareness campaign was designed to share information about the effects of litter, celebrate those who are modeling great behavior, share tips for upcycling and recycling, and reminding people to keep our city clean.  We are doing this using street banners, posters, a campaign microsite, giveaways, social media and conversation.”

This awareness campaign was funded in part by a grant from the Rhode Island Recovery Corporation. To participate or get information about the campaign please visit the microsite at and help us put litter in its place!

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.