Town of Smithfield, RI The Official Site of the Town of Smithfield, Rhode Island Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:05:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Parking Ban In Effect – Friday & Saturday Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:08:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Parking Ban in Effect

Parking Ban – a parking ban is in effect starting Friday, Jan 30th at 1am and ending Saturday, Jan 31st at 7am.

Please also remove any basketball hoops, boats/trailers etc. that may be parked on the side of the road as these pose hazards for the Department of Public Works while plowing.

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Fire Hydrants & Snow Storms Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:18:45 +0000 Continue reading ]]> hydrant-snowIn the event of a fire emergency after heavy snow fall, could firefighters find the fire hydrant near your home? Or does it get buried under a snow pile? 

After large snow storms firefighters regularly go out to inspect fire hydrants and clear them of snow when necessary. To help make this practice more efficient the Smithfield Fire Department is asking residents to assist firefighters with clearing the fire hydrant near their home.

If you are able, please consider adopting a fire hydrant near your home and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season. This will ensure fire hydrants are visible and will greatly speed the response time in case of an emergency.

At a minimum, residents who have hydrants nearby are asked to make sure the hydrant is cleared of snow enough to make it visible from the street. Even better is to clear the snow 3 feet all around the hydrant so firefighters can easily connect a hose.

Your help is greatly appreciated this winter!

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Delayed Trash Collection – Week of January 25th Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:43:49 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 65-gallon100

No trash collection on Wednesday, January 28th. Due to the continuing snow and drifting, trash collection will be delayed for a second day.

For the rest of this week we will collect Tuesday’s trash and recycling on Thursday, Wednesday’s trash and recycling on Friday and Thursday’s & Friday’s trash and recycling on Saturday.

If Tour Normal Trash Pickup Day Is This Week Only – Your Trash Will Be Picked Up On
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday Friday
Thursday Saturday
Friday Saturday
* note that both Thursday & Friday will be picked up on Saturday


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Talking Trash – 10 (Non) Wasteful Tips for this Winter Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:21:33 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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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Smithfield Town Council Meeting Videos Online Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:18:34 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The Town of Smithfield is pleased to announce that Smithfield Town Council meeting videos will now be posted online.  The meetings will be posted on the Town’s Vimeo account at  Videos will also be linked to individual meeting dates on the meeting agendas page on the town website, For 2015, that page link is

Meeting videos will be posted online as soon as possible after the meeting ends, typically within a day or two.  Users can view the meetings directly online or choose to download them directly in a variety of formats suitable for different devices. 

The most current meeting from January 20th, 2015 has been posted. (  It is expected that, as time allows, older meetings going back to 2012 (when the town started recording meetings digitally) will be posted, as will all future Town Council meetings.


Smithfield Town Council meeting videos


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Winter Safety Tips from Smithfield Emergency Management Agency Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:14:48 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Smithfield Emergency Management AgencyWinter Safety Tips from Smithfield Emergency Management Agency

Enjoying Smithfield’s Lakes and Ponds During the Winter Months Smithfield’s ponds can be enjoyable throughout the year, however there is always an inherent risk and danger when venturing onto frozen surfaces. Many variables can impact whether or not the ice on a pond’s surface is “safe”. This brochure is intended to raise ice safety awareness, but to also remind those using frozen lakes and ponds that no outdoor ice surface can ever be 100% safe for use.  See the brochure Ready – Ice Safety

Danger lurks in winter’s frigid weather… When chilly weather is replaced with extremely cold temperatures, a dangerous situation may not be too far away. Whether at home, at work, or in your vehicle, be aware of the hazards that extreme cold weather presents.  See the brochure Ready – Cold Winter Weather

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Scituate School Vacation Free Skating Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:02:25 +0000 Scituate School Vacation Free Skating

2 – 4 p.m.



Sponsored by Scituate Recreation

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Give a Second Life to Those Unloved Items Taking Up Space Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:18:46 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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:

Smithfield Recycling List of Donation Centers (.pdf)

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Talking Trash November 2014 – Winter Storm Collection Tips Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:26:35 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:53:07 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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, or contact the Town’s recycling coordinator, Maureen McManus at 401-233-1034 ext 105 or

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