Wednesday, December 7, 2016        

Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Household Hazardous Waste Collections: Eco-Depot is a FREE service for Rhode Island residents who wish to dispose of their household hazardous waste safely and properly.

For a complete list of locations, dates and the types of waste Eco-Depot accepts, please visit  http://www.rirrc.org/resident/household-hazardous-waste/

Electronic Waste Collection Suspended

e-wasteATTENTION SMITHFIELD RESIDENTS:
Curbside Electronic Collection and DPW Drop-off of Electronics Suspended

Due to circumstances beyond the Town’s control, ORS, the vendor providing Electronic Collection Service and Recycling, will no longer accept e-waste from the Town of Smithfield.  Electronic items that are banned from disposal at the landfill such as televisions, computer towers, monitors, laptops and tablets are considered Hazardous Household Waste and may NOT be placed in trash carts.  Residents of the Town of Smithfield may bring these items to RIRRC, 65 Shun Pike- Johnston, RI for recycling, free of charge.  Normal Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri: 6:00 am-3:45 pm, Sat: 6:00 am-12:00 pm.  Peripheral items such as keyboards, a mouse, printers, etc. and other electronic equipment that is not considered hazardous, such as DVD players, telephones stereo equipment, etc. may be disposed of in your green lid trash cart.

Other Drop-Off Options:

  • Goodwill: Accepts computers, computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printers, etc.), stereo equipment, DVD players, telephones, and small appliances like blenders, coffee makers, food processors, hair dryers, etc. – NO TVs or printers.
  • Indie Cycle, LLC.:  Hosts weekly collection events and accepts “anything that uses electricity” EXCEPT light bulbs.
  • Best Buy stores also take back TVs, monitors and other electronics, no matter where item was purchased. Call ahead to your local store to confirm they will accept your item(s). Best Buy takes three items per household per day.

This change by ORS has affected many communities in RI.  RI Resource Recovery (RIRRC) is working to find alternate options for municipalities to provide to their residents.  The Town of Smithfield is considering other programs for electronic waste disposal such as Town Sponsored Drop-off Events.  Please look to the Town’s Trash and Recycling webpage for updates at   http://smithfieldri.com/recycling/ .   For any questions, please call 401-233-1034 X 105.  We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Smithfield Increases Recycling Rate in FY 2015

Smithfield Recycling CartGreat news, Smithfield Residents!

Due to our town’s increased recycling efforts, we have managed to reach a 31.84% MRF (Materials Recycling Facility) recycling rate in FY15!  This means that the Town has earned a tip fee rebate of $2 per ton of trash disposed for a total of $10,238.40!

Keep up the good work and help our Town reach the 35% MRF recycling rate goal to further increase our rebate!

Give a Second Life to Those Unloved Items Taking Up Space

Ready for a clean out?

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Please give to friends & family, and donate to those in need before sending it to the landfill!

Check out this partial list of venues that may be able to give a second life to those unloved items taking up space in your life:

Smithfield Recycling List of Donation Centers (.pdf)

Talking Trash November 2014 – Winter Storm Collection Tips

65-gallon100Fall is coming to a close and Winter is on its way! Time for snowshoeing, hot cocoa and the possibility of snow! In hopes of ensuring on time and efficient collection, we have a few basic reminders and tips for preventing issues with Recycling and Trash collection this upcoming season: 

  • When snow is predicted to fall during the overnight hours, please wait until early morning to put out your recycling and trash carts so that plow trucks can efficiently clean snow during the overnight hours.
  • Please have your carts out by 6:00 am and be sure to properly space them 3 feet apart and 4 feet from other obstacles such as snow banks, cars, poles and mailboxes.
  • Try to place carts in the end of the driveway or as close to the curb as possible.
  • Please do not place carts on top of snow banks.
  • Please bring empty carts in as soon as possible to allow plow trucks to complete access to roadways.

By following these basic guidelines, you can help ensure proper collection of your recycling and trash this upcoming season. Thank you for helping Smithfield reduce, reuse and recycle!

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Smithfield Receives Increased Funds For Improved Recycling

Smithfield Receives Increased Funds For Better Recycling

(L-R) Recycling Coordinator Maureen McManus, Town Council Member Maxine Cavanagh, Finance Director Randy R. Rossi, Town Manager Dennis G. Finlay

A Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) profit sharing event was held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the RIRRC facility in Johnston. This year, the Town received a larger profit share as a result of two factors, an increased recycling percentage rate and a larger pool of funds made available for distribution.

The Town of Smithfield’s average percentage recycling rate has increased from approximately 24.5% to 30.7% since the adoption of the automated collection program. This is a great achievement which has enabled the Town to receive a larger profit share from RIRRC than the previous year.

There is still more work to be accomplished. The Town needs to increase our recycling rate to 35% in the near future, as mandated by RIRRC. Presently, if the Town does not attain the required 35% recycling rate when required, it will be ineligible to participate in the profit sharing program.

Please try to assist the Town in meeting the mandate. We all will reap the rewards.

If you have any questions about recycling, you can find answers to most questions on the Town’s website, www.smithfieldri.com/recycling/ or contact the Town’s recycling coordinator, Maureen McManus at 401-233-1034 ext 105 or mmcmanus@smithfieldri.com.

Compost Workshop a Success!

On Wednesday, September 17th, a Compost Workshop was held at LaPerche Elementary School for those interested in recycling right in their own backyards by starting their own compost bins.

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Residents had the opportunity to learn from the experts from RIRRC on how to save money and precious landfill space through food scrap conversion into nutrient rich soil amendments. The big draw of the evening wasn’t the pudding “dirt cups” with gummy worms as snacks, but the raffle of four Earth Machine Composters to four lucky town residents who brought home not only tons of knowledge, but a great tool to create “compost magic.”

Interested in starting your own compost bin? Feel free to contact mmcmanus@smithfieldri.com for “do it yourself” and low cost options or to place an order for an Earth Machine Compost Bin at the Town discounted rate.

Above photos (L-R): One of the four Earth Machine Compost Bins that were raffled off – Town Manager Dennis Finlay & his wife, Renee Finlay. Town Recycling Coordinator Maureen McManus in the center (and in the compost bin) – the theme of the night.

Talking Trash August 2014 – Smithfield Makes Mattress Recycling a Priority

Smithfield Makes Mattress Recycling a Priority Each month, loads of unwanted mattresses and box springs are sent to Rhode Island Resource Recovery (RIRRC) from the Town of Smithfield.  Unfortunately, many of them never make it to a mattress recycler and find their resting place in the landfill.  This August, Smithfield is making changes to its Recycling and Waste program for the better. 

Through a Legislative Grant secured through Representative Thomas Winfield and Representative Gregory Costantino, the Town of Smithfield will be helping to save precious landfill space, recycling precious materials and saving taxpayers money from overall disposal costs.  With this grant, mattresses and box springs will now be collected on a separate collection day each month, separate from bulky item pick-up. These mattresses will be segregated from the trash stream and will then be suitable for the recycling process after they are sent to RIRRC for review.

If you have an unwanted mattress or box spring, first see if friends or family are in need of one. If not, please consider looking into donating to The Rhode Island Donation Exchange Program – RIDEP’s main program, The Furniture Bank, is a valuable non-profit provider to those most in need – people who are moving from shelters to their first homes, families whose homes have burned, battered women rebuilding their lives, anyone at risk moving into a space of their own.  The Furniture Bank accepts good quality used mattresses, beds, dressers, couches, tables, chairs, cribs, lamps, rugs, etc. Call them at (401)831-5511

If you are unable to give your mattress and box spring new life, please visit our Appliance, Electronics & Bulky Item Pickup Request page and fill out our on-line request form for the special monthly mattress and box spring collection.

Trash & Recycling Call Center

Call the MTG Call Center – (866) 420-6342Our vendor, MTG,  has established a call center for certain trash & recycling issues.

Please call the MTG Call Center at (866) 420-6342 ONLY for these specific issues:

– Missed trash & recycling collections (regular, leaf, special appointment),
– Driver safety issues, 
– Damages to property due to trash collection operations.

 

Call the MTG Call Center – (866) 420-6342 ext 302

 

Talking Trash – June 2014

Ready for a CLEAN OUT?

GIVE to friends & family, and DONATE to those in need before sending it to the landfill!

Here’s a partial list of venues that may be able to give a second life to those unloved items taking up space in your life:

Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island
Accepts used clothing, automobiles and electronic waste under a partnership with Dell. 861-2080, goodwillri.org.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ocean State
A truck will come to your house and make gently used clothes and household objects go away. You get a tax write-off and the fuzzy warm feeling of altruism. You can schedule a pickup online.
921-2434, bbbsos.org/donate_center.html.

The Salvation Army
Oldie, but goodie. Accepts gently used items: clothing, furniture, appliances and toys.
Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) to schedule a free pickup or to find the nearest drop-off bin.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that accepts and sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. They are selective about what they will accept. Call ahead.
ReStore, 1555 Shannock Rd., Charlestown, 213-6716, restoreri.com.

RI Donation Exchange Program
Donate to homeless families moving into small apartments needing essential apartment furnishings: dressers, kitchen and dining room tables, and beds of all sizes, couches and armchairs, buffets and sideboards, shelving units, wardrobes, lamps, small appliances like microwave ovens and toaster ovens, dishes, pots and pans, bedding and linens, curtains, coffee tables, end tables, night tables, computers, TVs, and other household and kitchen items. They will accept only items that are gently used and suitable for our client.
(401) 831-5511,  www.ridonationexchange.com/furniture_donate.asp

Providence Clothing Collaborative
Donate clean, ready-to-wear, in-season professional clothing and work wear. Drop-off locations throughout the state.
220 Elmwood Ave., Providence, (401) 421-5753, diiri.org.

Freecycle.org
An international nonprofit providing Internet listings, organized by geographic location. Join online to post offered or wanted items for free. Some items Rhode Islanders were giving away in December: five laying hens, a 1949 chrome kitchen set and hair clippers. freecycle.org/browse/us/rhodeisland.

Consignment Stores
Most require an appointment. Don’t just show up with your stuff. Prices fall over time. After three months, consigners are expected to retrieve unsold items. Clothing consigners typically donate leftovers.

Support local:

Fabulocity
www.fabulocityemporium.com
9 Cedar Swamp Rd Ste 9, Smithfield • (401) 231-5900

Annie’s Closet
305 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917
(401) 349-5877

House Clean Outs
Most antique dealers make house calls. Don’t expect to be paid retail prices.

Craigslist
If it’s free, you can get rid of just about anything on Craigslist. If your price is right, and it’s a desirable item — think American Girl doll clothes — it will go fast. Pictures help. providence.craigslist.org.

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
Drop off items that are not suitable for curbside pickup to be recycled: large appliances with no Freon, books, CDs, DVDs, VHS, computers, large rigid bulky plastics, lawn furniture, pet carriers, toys, playhouses, TVs and dry, odor-free textiles. A great resource for recycling information. 942-1430, rirrc.org.

Yard Sale
A 7 a.m.-to-noon proposition. Advertise. Get cash and coins to make change. Tag everything. Price it to go! This is not the place to make a killing or sell anything rare or valuable. A good way to meet the neighbors.

Also, keep an eye out for a Donation Database coming to The Town’s website in July!

Maureen McManus
Recycling Coordinator

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