Fully Automated Trash & Recycling is coming to Smithfield!
Automation is a faster and more efficient way to collect trash and recycling. In addition to being more efficient, fully automated has many other advantages: neater, cleaner appearance of roadways, reduced roadside litter, safer traffic conditions for residents, safer working conditions for contractors, durable carts and easy to maneuver. The town will see a decrease in collection costs and an increase in the town’s recycling rate. Fully automated collection is the future of trash and recycling and every City or Town that has initiated fully automated collection and single stream recycling has seen cost reductions and no City or Town has gone back from fully automated to manual collection.
When the new program starts (late summer or early fall) these new roll-out carts will replace your existing refuse and recycling receptacles and are required for your refuse and recyclables to be picked up curbside. Each home is entitled to receive, free of charge, two 65 gallon, wheeled carts. One will be for trash (green with a green lid) and one will be for your recyclables (green with a yellow lid). The “No Bin No Barrel” Policy will still be in effect. You always need to place a recycling cart at the curb in order to receive trash collection. These new carts will be delivered to your residence with no appointment necessary. The town will be offering extended hours for residents to drop off their old trash and recycling receptacles if they chose to. If you do not wish to drop off your old receptacles it will be the home owner’s responsibility to dispose of them properly. The town will make every effort to make the drop off of old receptacles as convenient as possible.
Weekly collection of trash and recycling will continue, but residents having excess trash resulting from a large clean out or residents having large bulky items that are not recyclable may make an appointment for a collection once per month. The same procedure will take place for disposing of whitegoods, scrap metal and electronics. You would need to make an appointment for the once a month collection. You may either call 233-1034 ext. 105 to make that appointment or you can go on line at www.smithfieldri.com/recycling/whitegoods-electronics-recycling/. There will be no fee for this service.
Lawn and yard waste will still be collected in the same manner it has always been. Please continue to utilize the 2013 Waste and Recycling Collection calendar for the lawn and yard waste schedule. The calendar is posted on the town’s website at www.smithfieldri.com or at the following locations, Smithfield Town Hall, East Smithfield Library, Greenville Library, The Senior Center or the Department of Public Works.
I have also posted some frequently asked questions and answers on line to address some of your concerns. If there is something I’ve missed, please feel free to give me a call and I would be more than happy to give you an answer. Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful month.