Thanks to the Providence Journal for the story:
R.I. litter tax being used for general government, not recycling
June 17, 2013 11:35 am
Revenue raised from a litter tax on restaurants in Rhode Island that sell takeout food was intended to fund recycling efforts but is instead being used to support general government operations.
A state report issued Friday by a legislative task force recommends using the money to boost recycling to reduce the amount of paper and packing material sent to the state's landfill.
The task force also recommends using money from the state's wholesale beverage tax to fund recycling programs.
Together, the beverage and litter taxes generated $2 million last year. (Associated Press)