Sunday, October 4, 2015        

Smithfield Senior Center Flu Clinic – Tuesday, October 13th


Smithfield Senior Center Flu Clinic on Tuesday, October 13th from 9am -1pm at the center.

This clinic is open to the public for ages 18 years of age and older.

Please call the center at 949-4590 for more information.



Donate Your Soles to the Smithfield Animal Shelter thru November 10th

Donate Your Soles to the Smithfield Animal ShelterDonate Your Soles to the Smithfield Animal Shelter

Help us raise funds for our organization by donating your new or gently worn, used shoes!

Where:  Smithfield Animal Shelter, 3 Spragueville Rd.,  Smithfield RI 02917, 401-233-1055 (map)

When:  September 10th – November 10th

About: Donate your New, Used, Gently Worn Shoes to help the animals at the Smithfield Animal Shelter. The shoes will be donated to Micro Enterprises in over 26 worldwide locations helping out those in need. In turn, Funds2Orgs will make a donation to the shelter for every pair collected. 100 bags containing 25 pairs of shoes is our goal!

Contact:  ACW Bob Salisbury #426, Smithfield Animal Control, 3 Spragueville Rd , Smithfield RI 02917,, 401-233-1055 (shelter)

Boy Scout Troop 1 Greenville Welcomes New Scouts

Troop 1 meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 PM at the Greenville Baptist Church, 582 Putnam Pike, Greenville. Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-17 and provides a program that focuses on character building, leadership, citizenship, personal fitness and outdoor adventures. Troop 1’s chartering organization is Greenville Baptist Church but scouts are members of all faiths.

We welcome you to come to a meeting, if you are interested in joining our troop. For more information, contact the Troop 1 at or call (401) 640-9444.

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!

Smithfield Welfare Department and Food Pantry

On behalf of the Smithfield Welfare Department and Food Pantry we would like to thank all the generous town residents, schools, businesses and organizations who continue to support the pantry and our programs during the summer months.

In June the pantry was fortunate enough to receive a very large food donation from our friends at Fidelity Investments (see photos below). The pantry recognizes all the time, effort and compassion that went into colleting and organizing such a large donation. Thank you all for thinking of the town pantry!

food drive

food drive 2

As you may know we provide food supplements throughout the year and heating assistance throughout the winter season. Our pantry is run off of donations and we could not do it without your generosity.

We are currently collecting backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies for the fall, if you are interested in becoming a donor or if you are in need of these services please contact our office at 401-949-4590 x27. Prior to receiving assistance all applicants must complete yearly intake forms.

Smithfield Food Pantry Collecting School Supplies

backpack-donationsThe Smithfield Welfare and Food Pantry is currently collecting backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies for those in need this fall.

If you are interested in becoming a donor, or are in need of these services, please contact the office at 401-949-4590 x27 to see if you qualify. The office is located within the Smithfield Senior Center.



June 2015 Edition of Chasing Arrows Recycling Newsletter

Highlights from this month’s issue:

Smithfield Earth Day Photo

Smithfield’s New Recycling Coordinator

Recycling Tidbits


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May 2015 Edition of Chasing Arrows Recycling Newsletter

May edition of Chasing ArrowsHighlights from this month’s issue:

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – fire at the MRF

Anti-Contamination Campaign Links

Foam Aplenty

What Doesn’t Belong in the Recycling Truck?

The MRF Corner: What Does it Look Like?

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Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?

Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?

All reports of mailbox damage should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 401-233-1034 or e-mail at The department will dispatch a representative to verify any claims.

Update: Use the DPW’s new online form to report mailbox damage;

Mailboxes damaged by the Town, regardless of type, will be replaced with a standard rural mailbox compliant with US Postal Service (USPS) Standard 7, Mailboxes, City and Rural Curbside. Posts will be either 1-1/2” galvanized, painted black iron or pressure treated 4” x4” wood. Wherever possible, the existing mailbox, if undamaged, will be reused as will the existing post. Installation will be performed by Town employees.

Anyone who wishes to purchase their own replacement and install same shall be reimbursed by the Town for up to $25.00 with valid receipt(s).

Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?
Photo courtesy of Earl Snell.

Talking Trash – 10 (Non) Wasteful Tips for this Winter

Smithfield Recycles

  1. Appreciate the power of the weather
    Some things are out of our control. When dangerous weather conditions cause interruptions in service, know that your town hauler is doing their best and will try to stay on schedule as much as possible. 
  2. Spread the Warmth
    Your collection workers are collecting even in ice cold circumstances. Make their job easier by sorting properly and placing carts in accessible areas away from obstructions. You could even surprise them with a hot chocolate or coffee to spread the warmth! 
  3. Stay Safe
    Driving large vehicles in freezing conditions can be dangerous. Make sure children and animals are away from the road when your collection is expected to be on your street. Ice can make it difficult to stop quickly if needed. Again, make sure your carts are properly placed, sorted and ready for pick up so your drivers don’t have increased difficulty making your pickup.
  4. Proper sorting is essential to timely collection – Know what is recyclable and how to recycle it! 
  5. Plastics: Recycle only plastic containers, up to 2 gallons in size, in your cart. Exceptions? No foam, plastic bags, motor oil or antifreeze bottles, “compostable” cups, containers that crinkle or rip (such as plant plug trays), or containers that shatter like glass (CD cases). Put plastic tops back on plastic containers before recycling. Do not flatten containers. Take clean, dry, somewhat see-through, somewhat stretchable plastic bags and film back to any large grocery, pharmacy or big-box store in Rhode Island for recycling. Remember, clingy food wrap is trash. 
  6. Glass: Recycle only glass bottles and jars in your cart — do not recycle glass that isn’t a bottle or jar. Take metal tops off first and recycle both. Exceptions? No broken glass or Pyrex.
  7. Metal: Recycle only metal cans, foils and lids/caps from glass jars and bottles in your cart — do not recycle metal that isn’t a can, foil or lid/cap. Exceptions? Coated yogurt lids and foil-like candy/chip wrappers are trash. For scrap metal recycling, you can make an appointment online at under the Town’s next metal collection.
  8. Paper/cardboard/cartons: Recycle only paper and flattened cardboard that isn’t made to be waterproof (fridge/freezer boxes, coffee cups) or for sanitary use (paper towels) in your cart. Exceptions? DO recycle cartons (milk, juice), but don’t flatten.
  9. Textiles: Never recycle textiles in your cart. If the textile is dry and odorless — including torn or stained items and non-apparel textiles such as sheets — drop it off in any clothing donation bin in the state. Exceptions? No carpeting, mattresses or dried hazardous-waste rags (such as motor oil).
  10. Always, remember: Containers must be empty and, when possible, rinsed. Paper and cardboard must be free of food and grease. 


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