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Recycling Newsletter – Spring Edition

Refuse Collection Department
March 18, 2016

Spring is in the air!
I hope you find the following Middletown PAYT program news helpful. Help spread the word and share this information with your neighbors!
1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, April 2, 2016
2) Eco-Depot – Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Second Beach
3) Rain Barrel Distribution Day Saturday April 23, 2016.
4) Composting Seminar April 26, 2016
5) Yard waste collection
6) Electronic Waste
7) PAYT Program Notes:
  A) Follow Middletown online:
  B) A reminder from the Middletown Fire Chief:
  C) Beach Sticker Sales Information
  E) Prescription Drug Take Back Day

1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, April 2 at Second Beach
Middletown’s Bulk Waste Amnesty Day is open to residents participating in the PAYT program, the event will run from 8:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. March 21, 2015 (examples of bulk waste: couches, chairs, tables, bicycles, rugs, large plastic toys). Residents MUST call or email (401-842-6519 or in advance to schedule a time to drop off large items. Please provide:
1) Your address
2) A detailed list of what you would like to bring down and
3) Let me know what time would be convenient for you to drop off material.
The next Bulk Waste Amnesty Day will be held on June 25th, location TBA.

Electronic Waste will not be accepted at the Bulk Amnesty Day, there will be a drop off on April 16 at the Eco-Depot also at 2nd Beach. More info on e-waste below.

* * Items not accepted: * *
E-waste, Yard Waste, Tires, Household trash, items small enough to fit in a PAYT bag and more than one bundle of Lumber, Construction and Demolition material.

Please consider DONATING gently used items to charity rather than disposing of them.
Here is a list of places you may contact regarding donations. Below is the legend of what these organizations will accept. You may also contact your place of worship to see if they accept donations.

Big Brothers / Big Sisters of the Ocean State:
Call 921-2434 or visit
Call for pickup of C, H, TY, PU.
(Drop off location on 1341 West Main Road, Middletown across from Saccucci Honda)

Child & Family RI: 31 John Clarke St., Middletown
Contact Keith Tavares at 849-2300.
A, B, C, F, H, T, TY, O, PU for large items, drop off small items

Salvation Army – Pickup service only by calling 800-SATRUCK (800-728-7825)
B, C, F, H, TY, O (nothing over 5 years old), PU

Boys & Girls Club of Newport: 847-6927
O, T, Sporting goods, computers/parts/accessories,
(please call before dropping material off)

International Institute of RI:
Contact Mary Ellen Lynch at 784-8649
A, B, F, H, T, TY, O, PU

Planet Aid
One Mile Corner, 533 Broadway, Newport RI
B, C, H, T, TY, O

Donation legend:
A = Appliances, B = Bedding, C = Clothing,
F = Furniture, H = Household items, T = Tools, TY = Toys,
O = Office equipment & computers, PU = Pickup service and are two online options. Also check out the Aquidneck Island Sell & Swap page on Facebook.

* Bicycles, bike parts and accessories dropped off at the Bulk Amnesty Day will be offered to Bike Newport.
Bike Newport’s Bike Rescue initiative supports Earn-and-Learn and the Bike Library. These programs are designed to provide youth and other community members with access to bicycles and the know-how to maintain them and ride safe.
Visit for more information.

2) Eco-Depot – Saturday, April 16 at Second Beach
The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) and the Town of Middletown will host a household hazardous waste and an e-waste recycling Depot collection on April 16, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Second Beach parking lot.
Eco-Depot is the safest option for the disposal of household hazardous waste in Rhode Island. Some poisonous items cannot be discarded in the trash, such as fluorescent light bulbs, oil-based paints, insecticides, swimming pool chemicals, cleaning supplies, automotive fluids and propane gas tanks. Products that contain warnings such as, “flammable,” “combustible,” “explosive” or “corrosive” are toxic to humans, animals and the environment.
E-waste will be accepted for drop off.
This program is a free service for all Rhode Island residents, and anyone dropping off hazardous waste needs to make an appointment (call 401 942-1430 x241 or online:

3) Rain Barrel Distribution Day Saturday April 23, 2016.
Preorder your rain barrel at and pick it up at the Department of Public Works garage on Saturday, April 23rd from 9AM to 11AM.
At 60 gallons, this rain barrel is one of the largest on the market. The heavy duty barrel stands 39″ tall by 24″ wide, weighs 20 lbs and comes complete with threaded spigot (for easy hose attachment), overflow fitting, drain plug, screw-on cover, screen, and complete instructions. $85 per barrel.

4) Composting Seminar:
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:30PM
Middletown Public Library in the Community Room, 700 West Main Rd, Middletown
Learn composting basics from Sanne Kure-Jensen, long time organic grower and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.
Reduce your household waste and create “Gardener’s Gold,” a great source of garden fertility. Hear how composting works and discover worm composting (vermiculture). Learn the benefits of using compost bins or piles and “hot” versus slow composting.
Sanne has been an organic grower and beekeeper for over a decade. She offers workshops on composting, beekeeping, pollinators, ecological landscaping and home brewing. Read more about Sanne here:
The talk will be held at 6:30PM in the Middletown Public Library Community Room, 700 W Main Rd, Middletown.

5) Yard waste collections will start April 4th and run for four weeks, continuing every other week May through October, four weeks in November and an additional collection in December.
Yard waste material must be placed out in barrels, paper yard waste bags or in tied bundles; material should not exceed 50 pounds and be sure to leave a trash or recycling cart with the user fee sticker on the curb (this helps the driver of the yard waste truck identify residents using the PAYT program).
You may view the schedule and information about the PAYT program online at:

6) Electronic Waste (e-waste)
E-waste will NOT be collected at the April 2nd Bulk Amnesty Day, but it will be accepted at the April 16th Eco-Depot (the free household hazardous waste day). What to do if you have e-waste and can’t make the event? There are a few alternatives, but they are specific on what they accept:
A) Little Compton transfer station (open to all RI residents):
They ONLY accept TVs, monitors, computers/laptops
Transfer Station: 122 Amy Hart Path, Little Compton, T: (401) 680–2503
Closed Sunday and Wednesday
Open Monday – 10 am to 6 pm
All other days: Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat are 8 am to 4 pm

B) Indie Cycle, LLC (open to all RI residents):
They roam the state, keep an eye on their schedule here:
They will take most e-waste, some fees may apply.

C) Staples will accept SOME material:
Items accepted for free recycling*:
-Desktop and all-in-one computers
-Laptops, tablets, eReaders
-Desktop printers, copiers, scanners, faxes, multifunction devices
-UPS/battery backup devices (with or without included battery)
-Computer peripherals including mice, keyboards, modems, routers and computer speakers
-Small electronics including mobile phones, MP3 players/iPods, calculators, GPS devices, digital cameras, camcorders and cordless phones
-Digital projectors, CD/DVD/Blu-ray players, gaming devices, A/V receivers, video streaming devices, cable/satellite receivers
-External hard drives and small servers

Prohibited items not accepted for recycling:
-Floor model copiers and printers
-Large servers
-Large speakers or speaker systems
-Alkaline or lithium batteries (i.e., not rechargeable) -Lamps/bulbs

*Limit 6 items per customer per day. All brands of items are accepted regardless of where purchased. Staples® Copy & Print Shops do not accept electronics for recycling, but all other U.S. Staples locations accept electronics for free recycling. We strive to ensure data security in the recycling process — while our recycling partner erases or destroys hard drives and memory-containing devices, we encourage our customers to erase all personal data from their devices before recycling them. For computers, you can try the free software programs DBAN or Eraser. For mobile phones, check your user manual to get directions on implementing a factory reset. Store management has the right to refuse to accept items that may pose a health or safety risk (e.g., broken monitors not packed in a box, laptops with damaged batteries, etc.)

7) PAYT Program Notes:
– Thank you to our PAYT bag retailers
Thank you to the retailers who carry Middletown PAYT bags:
Beach Paint, Benny’s, Cumberland Farms, CVS, JT’s Lumber/Riverhead, One Stop Building Supply, Rocky’s ACE Hardware, Sears, Shaw’s, Stop & Shop (Middletown), Sweetberry Farm and Walgreens.
Retailers sell these bags for zero profit as a service to the community, without their help we would not have such a successful program!
– Plastic bags (dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags, grocery bags) are not to be placed in the recycling carts; you can drop them off in special receptacles near the entrance of grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.
– RIRRC’s Recyclopedia: Your A to Z List of Recyclables:
– Please maintain three feet of space between trash and recycling carts, any mailboxes or telephone poles. This space insures there is enough of a gap for the truck’s arm to grab the carts without knocking anything over.
– To avoid confusion once the refuse is inside a PAYT bag, synch and tie the bag.
– On windy days, place a rock or weight on the top of your cart to prevent the lid from blowing open and cart from being knocked over. The driver will see the rock and shake it off before tipping your container.

A) Follow Middletown online:
Twitter: @MiddletownWaste & @Middletown411
Middletown’s blog: /blog (the top six posts may be seen from the town’s home page)
Sign up for Middletown’s listserve (email service):

B) A reminder from the Middletown Fire Chief:
– The open burning of trash is prohibited by the Town of Middletown. Only clean, untreated wood and/or brush may be burned outdoors after obtaining the required fire department issued permit.
– Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Regulations prohibits burning rubbish that contaminates the air and/or causes offensive odors.

C) Beach Sticker Sales Information:
– Preseason sticker sale dates to be announced shortly.
-Season passes will be available at Second Beach only from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day 8-4pm unless we shut down operations due to inclement weather.

D) Prescription Drugs Disposal
The Middletown Prevention Coalition (MPC) and the Middletown Police Department will be hosting a Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 30th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.
It should also be known that there is a community drug collection receptacle located in the lobby of the Middletown Police Dept., 123 Valley Rd. This secure disposal system collects unwanted or expired household prescription, over-the-counter and other unused medications. Please note that sharps (needles) should be placed in a puncture proof container (an old bleach bottle) and placed in with your household trash.
Contact MPC Coordinator Lori Verderosa ( or (401) 845-0409) with any questions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this year’s snow events

Thank you for reading, please contact me with any questions or concerns and have a happy and safe Saint Patrick’s Day!


Will Cronin
Recycling Coordinator
401 842-6519