Town of Smithfield, RI The Official Site of the Town of Smithfield, Rhode Island Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:39:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Public Notice – Georgiaville Pond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:54:23 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Georgiaville Pond Association Members & Public,

Due to extended ice coverage on the Pond, the water levels will be returned to normal pool level once the ice has dissipated. Additionally, while the water is still low the Town will be making modifications to the dam outlet which are anticipated to be completed no later than April 15th.

If you have any questions please call the Town Engineer at your earliest convenience at 233-1041.

Thank you,
Town Engineer

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Georgiaville Pond Association Meeting – April 16th Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:57:41 +0000 Georgiaville Pond AssociationThe Georgiaville Pond Association Spring Meeting

Thursday, April 16 at 7pm
Location: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
54 Cedar Swamp Road

Linda Green of URI WS Watch will be our guest speaker.



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Smith-Appleby House’s 42nd Annual May Breakfast – Sunday, May 3rd Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:15:15 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Smith-Appleby House's 42nd Annual May Breakfast - Sunday, May 3rdJoin the members of the Historical Society of Smithfield, dressed in Colonial garb, at our historic 18th-century home for our annual tradition of the Spring-welcoming May Breakfast.

The menu of home-cooked fare will include coffee or tea and orange juice, homemade berry breads, chilled fruit cup with yogurt, crustless country quiche with sausage, johnnycakes, Muriel Mowry Appleby Gustafson’s Boston baked beans, and a surprise dessert.

More information on the Smith-Appleby House website.

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Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow? Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:10:35 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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.

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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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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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Compost Workshop a Success! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:33:45 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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 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.

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