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The Official Site of the Town of Smithfield, Rhode Island
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/
ATTENTION 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:
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.
Great 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!
Ready for a clean out?
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:
Fall 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:
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Our 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
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