Recycling Right in RI: The Complete How-To
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The state of Rhode Island has mandated a 35% recycling rate for all municipalities. Smithfield currently recycles 31.84% of its trash. By recycling more, the Town can avoid fees levied by the state, the result is less taxes. The more recyclables we pull out of the waste stream, the better! Recycle! Make it part of your everyday cycle!!
Recycling & Refuse
NEW! 2016 Trash & Recycling Calendar
(July thru December – updated 9/14/16)
Our 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
FUNCTION: Under the general supervision of the Director of Public Works, the Recycling Coordinator provides coordinative and administrative support for Town recycling programs and projects, including: providing liaison with the public, schools, community groups, Town businesses and other local government agencies, developing informational materials, assisting the Director in the overseeing of daily residential curbside operations, and performing related duties.
Primary project components include monitoring residential curbside pick-up, increasing participation in the corrugated cardboard program, implementing strategies for local commercial/industrial recycling, and designing and implementing environmental education programs.
Essential functions are to monitor private haulers for contract compliance; citizen complaint resolution; coordinate development and research of solid waste reduction activities and increase & implement public awareness and participation in recycling programs.
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.
TAKE THE RECYCLING SURVEY
The Recycling Department has posted a survey on Survey Monkey. Please click on the link below to start the survey, it only takes a few minutes to complete and it’s a fun and easy way to help improve town wide recycling. All results will be anonymous and posted on-line. A survey will be posted quarterly for your input. Thank you and, as always, think green.
White goods/appliances and metal objects are collected on the 1st Friday of the month. To schedule a pick up please fill out the online form or call us at 233-1034 ext 105.
SMITHFIELD DOES NOT COLLECT GARBAGE FROM RESIDENTS WHO DO NOT RECYCLE. Your Recycling Cart must be set out to receive trash collection. Carts must remain out until all trash and recycling have been collected. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. Read more here
RECYCLING JUST GOT EASIER! It’s now OK to mix your recyclables together! No new bin is necessary – simply use what you have. Your recycled paper, cardboard, and containers will be mixed in the collection truck too. And don’t worry, mixing is a good thing! Our new recycling facility will do the rest. Now it’s either recycling or it isn’t. More information www.RecycleTogetherRI.org or in our New Recycling Flyer (updated 4/14/2015).
Yard Waste Collection
The Town of Smithfield will begin Lawn and Yard Waste pickup on the first full week of April. Yard waste is collected on residents’ regular trash day on a route separate from trash and recycling.
Yard waste must be set at the curb in brown paper bags (available at local retailers) or barrels clearly labeled YARD WASTE. Yard waste in plastic garbage bags or cardboard boxes will not be collected. A maximum of 12 barrels and/or bags of yard waste is accepted per household.
Yard waste will be collected every week April through May; every other week starting June through October, and every week through November. Please see the recycling calendar for exact dates.
Composting is a good way to reduce your curbside yard waste collection requirements. Compost bins are available to residents for $40 each at the Smithfield Public Works Garage located at 3 Spragueville Road (behind Dave’s Towing Service).
Please contact the Smithfield Recycling Coordinator at 233-1034, ext 105 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The New Way to Recycle Shredded Paper Curbside
The new process requires residents to double-bag ALL shredded paper in clear or fairly see-through plastic bags and tie the bags shut before placing them in your recycling bin. This allows the shredded paper to be spotted and removed in the earliest stage of the sorting process at Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). This is the only recyclable item that should ever be placed in a plastic bag before recycling.
Plastic Grocery Bags: Single use plastic grocery bags can be brought back to your local grocery store or pharmacy; please do not put them in recycling bins or use them to dispose of recyclables in the recycling bins. For more information, please visit the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation website.
Recycling Questions & Answers
You can now drop off clean, dry foam for recycling at RIRRC in Johnston! Here’s the deal: Foam must be clean, dry, and bagged in clear or translucent bags, and foodservice foam (like coffee cups and food trays) must be bagged separately from all other foam. NO spongy foam (like “#1 Fan” fingers) and NO packaging peanuts. Available M-F, 6 AM – 3:45 PM and Sat. 6 AM – 12 Noon.
Yes. Mattresses and Box Springs are picked up once per month on the fourth Friday of every month by appointment only (4 items maximum) at curbside. Use our online form to schedule your pickup or call us at 401-233-1034 ext. 105.
The Rhode Island Resource Recovery has a great A to Z list of items that you can tecycle here:
Yes. When a holiday occurs, normal scheduled pick-ups are one day later (For example, for a Monday holiday, Monday’s pick-up is Tuesday, Tuesday’s is Wednesday ……..and Friday’s is Saturday. Here are the holidays that affect the schedule for trash pickup:
|January 1st||New Year’s Day|
|3rd Monday in January||Martin Luther King Jr. Day|
|Last Monday in May||Memorial Day|
|July 4th||Independence Day|
|2nd Monday in August||Victory Day|
|1st Monday in September||Labor Day|
|2nd Monday in October||Columbus Day|
|November 11th||Veterans Day|
|4th Thursday in November||Thanksgiving|
|December 25th||Christmas Day|
** Please note that Presidents Day in February is NOT considered a holiday
for trash collection purposes.
All trash pickup delays are noted on the Town Calendar.
Residential yard includes leaves, grass cuttings, shrubbery, brush and branches 3 inches in diameter or less. The following set-out rules apply:
- Yard waste is collected weekly from the first week in April through the end of May; Semi-weekly June through October; and weekly November through the first week in December. Yard waste is collected on your regular trash day on a route separate from the trash and recycling.
- Yard waste must be placed at the curb no later than 5:30 am on your regular day of collection.
- Yard waste must be placed in paper bags, or uncovered trash barrels labeled “Yard Waste.”
- Branches and brush must be cut in lengths of 3 feet, bundled and tied.
- Milled lumber is not accepted.
- A maximum of 12 bags or barrels of yard waste and trash combined are accepted per household each week.
- Call the Highway Department at 233-1034 ext 105 for details.
YES. All residents are limited to 384 gallons of both household and yard waste per week which equates to 12 32-gallon barrels, or bags. However, the town attempts to make concessions during the spring and fall leaf season and we ask that you do the same by spacing out your leaves over several weeks. — REMEMBER! YARD WASTE MUST BE IN BROWN PAPER BAGS TO RECEIVE COLLECTION!
How to I dispose of a TV, computer, electronic device, refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, water heater?
White Goods/Appliances are collected for recycling on the 1st Friday of the month.
Electronics collection is suspended until further notice. More Information
To schedule a pick up of white goods, appliances, bulky items (including mattresses & box springs), go to our online form. Please place items out for collection no earlier than 24 hours before the scheduled pick-up day. Please remove doors from refrigerators, and place next to the unit. You can also schedule an appointment by calling 233-1034 ext 105.
Check the trash pickup day list, sorted by street name, or call 233-1034. Click here for the list .pdf
The following organizations will help you find a home for goods that are still useable:
- The Reuse Marketplace is a free service provided by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC ). The service is designed to help businesses find markets for non-hazardous materials that have been traditionally discarded.
- The Salvation Army: 401-421-5270;
- Goodwill: 861-2080;
- Craig’s List is a free classified advertising service dedicated to designated geographic areas.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (401) 921-2434,, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Are there organizations that can reuse my “heavy-items”?
Yes. Try these organizations
- The RI Donation Exchange Program: 831-5511
- The Salvation Army: 421-5270;
- Goodwill: 861-2080.
Cardboard is a recyclable item. Cardboard put out as trash will not be taken away. If cardboard is not properly cut to approximately 3 feet by 3 feet, or less, and put in your recycling cart the Recycling collector will not accept it. Residents are also reminded that cardboard boxes may not be used as a trash container. All trash must be bagged and put in the green trash cart.. There is a cardboard dumpster located at the Department of Public Works 3 Spragueville Road.
If your cans are still near-full, you may want to first try giving them away. Consider listing them as a free item on Craigslist or Freecycle.
Recycle via Drop-off:
Rockys Ace Hardware
633 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
This site accepts latex and oil-based house paint, stains and varnish in containers up to 5 gallons in size. This site does not accept aerosols (spray paint or other spray products), containers without original labels, or containers that are leaking or empty. Restrictions: Limit: 5 gallons per visit.
Hours: Paint is accepted during regular business hours; Call ahead for hours and to make sure the store can accept the amount and type of paint you would like to recycle.
Eco-Depot Collection Event:
Oil based paint and spray paints are considered hazardous household waste. Spray paint must be brought to the Eco-Depot, either the main location at the Central Landfill in Johnston or at one of the satellite locations held around the state. Smithfield will host household hazardous waste drop-off on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 8:00AM – 1:00PM. The Eco-Depot also accepts oil based paints and varnishes.
Near empty cans of Latex paint (water based) can be safely disposed of in your trash cart as long as the paint is fully hardened.
Christmas tree pickups are generally scheduled during the second week of January (dates announced annually) on your regular trash pickup day. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and stands.
Residents with an excess of recycling are permitted to exchange their Town owned 65-gallon cart for a larger 95-gallon cart at no cost. The Public Works Garage is located at 3 Spragueville Rd., Monday through Friday between 7:30 AM and 3:15 PM (or by appointment at 233-1034 ext. 105).
Visit the RI Resource Recovery Corporation web site or speak with the Smithfield Recycling Coordinator, at 233-1034 ext 105.
Yes! Used motor oil and oil filters may be recycled at the Public Works Garage, Monday through Friday between 7:30 AM and 3:15 PM, at No Charge, 4 gallons maximum per visit.
Plastic bags are NOT to be placed in your blue bin. They are recycled through a special program called Restore. You can find ReStore containers in most RI supermarkets, big-box retailers, and pharmacies. You can bring all of your plastic bags, regardless of where they came from, to any ReStore container.
The following is a list of participating stores: ALDI markets, Bennys, Burlington Coat Factory, CVS, Kohls Department Stores, Lowes Home Improvement, Price Rite markets, Rite Aid, Shaws markets and Wal-Mart Stores. You may also take your plastic bags directly to R.I. Resource Recovery Corporation.
Yes. Unbroken florescent light bulbs can be taken to Home Depot at The Crossing at Smithfield shopping plaza on Route 44.
Alkaline batteries should be placed in the trash. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at any Eco-Depot event at RIRRC. Call 942-1430 ext 241 for an appointment.
Yes. Mercury devices such as thermometers and thermostats can be recycled at any Eco-Depot event at RIRRC. Call 942-1430 ext 241 for an appointment.
MTG Disposal, LTD collects residential refuse, bulky items and residential recycling. CRT Recycling collects white goods, metal items and e-waste.