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Middletown Recycling Summer newsletter

Refuse Collection Department
June 16, 2017

1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, June 24, 2017, NOT at the beach
2) Yard waste
3) Shredded paper
A) Follow Middletown online:
B) A reminder from the Middletown Fire Chief:
C) Beach Information
D) Upcoming Middletown events
E) Fresh Air Challenge
1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, June 24
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. on June 24, 2017 at the Guadet Middle School, call or email to schedule a drop off time (examples of bulk waste: couches, chairs, mattresses, bicycles, rugs, large plastic toys, scrap metal & electronic waste).
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 in September.

* * Items not accepted: * *
Hazardous 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*
* a bundle is as much as you can carry in your arms or as much as can fit in a 30-gallon trash barrel
Information on Bulk Waste, including a list of charitable organizations can be found here:
The Aquidneck Island Sell & Swap Facebook Page, and are great outlets for trying to give, or sell, something.

* 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.


Household Hazardous Waste:
* There is an Eco-Depot on June 17th in Portsmouth, more info here:

2) Yard waste

Please, please, PLEASE, only place material that has grown in your yard out for yard waste collection. Too often our yard waste truck driver reports plant pots & trays, mulch bags, lumber, litter, dog waste and other surprises mixed in with the yard waste. All of Middletown’s yard waste gets tipped at Rhode Island Nurseries’ facility where it is composted and spread on the fields. If trash is mixed in it doesn’t break down and litters their field and surrounding property.

Thank you!

You may view the schedule and information about the PAYT program online at:
3) Shredded Paper
Shredded paper is no longer accepted in our recycling program due to the material being hard to capture, contamination to the other recyclables and bags jamming equipment. Here’s
more information:

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 Information:
-Season passes are available at Second Beach from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day 8-4pm unless operations are shut down due to inclement weather.
-Check out the newly installed beach cams here:

D) Upcoming Middletown events:
– Founder’s Day August 19th, 2017 @ Paradise Park

E) Get outside and take a breath of fresh air!

The World Health Organization (WHO) believes every person should be able to breathe tobacco-smoke-free air. May 31st was World No Tobacco Day. Join the Middletown Prevention Coalition in an initiative to recognize and spread the message of World No Tobacco Day for the month of June by taking the Fresh Air Challenge. Take advantage of Middletown’s beautiful Smoke-Free Parks, Beaches, and Recreational Areas and post a picture of yourself to the MPC Facebook page for a chance to win.

Here’s how to play:
– Take a photo at one of Middletown’s smoke-free parks, beaches or recreational areas enjoying the fresh air
– Like the Middletown Prevention Coalition Facebook page and post your photo to our wall with the location of your photo and hashtags #FRESHAIRCHALLENGE and #NOTOBACCO.
– Each photo at a different location is another entry into a raffle for dinner and a movie for a family of four.

The winner will be announced July 7th. Find the list of photo locations through the link below.

** By posting your photos to the MPC Facebook page, photos become property of the MPC.


To learn more about the global costs of tobacco, both human and environmental, follow this link


Thank you for reading, please contact me with any questions or concerns and have a happy and safe summer!


Will Cronin
Recycling Coordinator