Thursday, May 25, 2017        

Talking Trash – August 2013

Fully Automated Trash & RecyclingThe children are getting ready to go back to school and will be learning more about recycling.  Many items can be recycled from glass and plastic containers, shampoo and water bottles, jugs of milk, juice and detergent, jars such as mayo, peanut butter and jelly, tubs like butter, ice cream and margarine, plastic take out containers, iced coffee cups (no straws), yogurt containers, paper and cardboard, office paper, wrapping and tissue paper, gift bags and paperback books, metal cans and foil, and cartons just to name a few.  Let’s keep that trend going at home.  We are excited about the new trash and recycling carts and look forward to the ease of recycling all the acceptable items in the new carts.  We should all be able to notice the improvements in our own home by what we put out every week.  You should notice you have less trash and MORE recyclables out!! 

New Automation Collection Information

Even though many residents have a rolling cart at home, you cannot use that one. Only those carts provided by the Town will work with the automated system to lift the carts.  Carts other than those provided by the Town will not be collected once automated collection has begun. Each cart will have a serial number and barcode embedded in the plastic and assigned to individual addresses.  The lid to each cart will also have a white label where you can write your address. Do NOT write your name of the carts.  No other markings are permitted to be placed on the carts. 

Also, the town will be accepting the old trash cans and the green and blue recycling bins that you are currently using. Cleaned and emptied trash cans and recycling bins can be brought to the Department of Public Works, 3 Spragueville Road during normal business hours.  Dates and times for drop off will be posted this fall.  Old trash cans could be re-purposed for your lawn and yard waste.   Lawn and yard waste stickers to place on your old trash barrels will be available at the Department of Public Works and the Smithfield Town Hall.  Limit 4 per household.

If you plan on moving, remember that the carts are issued by the Town and are the property of the Town and must remain at the property/address to which they are assigned.  It is the responsibility of the new home owner to check and make sure both carts are on the premises prior to occupancy.  Landlords are responsible for ensuring carts are available for renters or occupants for each dwelling unit.  If you are moving, please inform the Recycling Coordinator of changes in occupancy by calling 401-233-1034 ext. 105 or email to  For a comprehensive list of Questions and Answers regarding this new program please visit the Town’s web page at  Thank you for reading and I hope you have a happy, healthy and safe month.

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