Friday, December 19, 2014        

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)

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.

Smithfield Land Records are now Available Online

Smithfield Land Records

Smithfield Land Records are now available online at www.uslandrecords.com.

Select Rhode Island -> Smithfield.

Recorded Land index and images are available from January 1975 to present. Plans index and images are available from January 1871 to present. 

Fees:

  • Searching and document viewing is provided as a free service. Printing and/or downloading will incur the following charges:
  • Commercial Users – Our commercial user will be charged $1.50 per page and a $50.00 per year subscription fee. To become a commercial user simply fill out the registration form and choose a Member ID and Password for future visits
  • Pay-Per Access Members/Search – For our Pay-Per Access members the charges will be $2.50 per page (no yearly charge). When printing and/or downloading pay-per access users will be prompted with a credit card form
  • Search Results – Search results may be printed for $1.50 per page with a $75.00 maximum. Please be aware of this fee before printing search results.

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

 

Greenville Public Library Expanded Hours

Greenville Public Library

Beginning September 2nd, 2014 Greenville Public Library will be opening at 9 a.m.
Monday through Saturday.

New Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9-8
Friday and Saturday: 9-5
Sunday (September through May): 1-5

The Updated 2014 Recycling Calendar Has Been Posted

Household Hazardous Waste Event a Success

Household Hazardous Waste EventThe Annual Household Hazardous Waste Event held on March 22nd was a great success!

The Town of Smithfield disposed of 15,585 pounds of household hazardous waste (HHW), included in that number was 22 pounds of Mercury! All of these materials were disposed of properly and kept out of our landfill.

For more information and a listing of other HHW events in Rhode Island, please visit http://rirrc.org/ecodepot

See more photos on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/townofsmithfield – no Facebook account needed

The IRS Warns of Fake Emails and Phone Calls

Beware of Fake IRS Emails and Phone Calls

Tax scams that use email and phone calls that appear to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real.

Scammers often send an email or call to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. The crooks then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. Some call their victims to demand payment on a pre-paid debit card or by wire transfer. But the IRS will not initiate contact with you to ask for this information by phone or email.

If you get this type of ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:

  • Don’t reply to the message.
  • Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.
  • Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
  • Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Then delete it.

If you get an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:

  • Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number.
  • If you think you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.
  • If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do, call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 to report the incident.
  • You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission by using their “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

Be alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS will not initiate contact with you through social media or text to ask for your personal or financial information.

Public Notice Registry

Public Notice RegistryThe Town of Smithfield has established a public notice registry allowing any person or entity to register for electronic notice (email) of any public hearing related to changes to the local regulations related to subdivision of land and for any public hearing related to zoning ordinance amendments.  Register  your email address below in the form or on the Town Planner page (left column).

Please note that after your email address is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent.

 

Public Notice Registry Sign up

Sign up here to register for electronic notice of any changes to local regulations regarding subdivision of land and zoning ordinance amendments.

* Please note that after your email address is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent.
 

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