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Recycling Spring Newsletter

Refuse Collection Department
April 24, 2018

It looks like spring outside!
I hope this email finds you well, please take a moment to read the following:
1) Eco-Depot, Saturday, April 28 @ 2nd Beach
2) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, May 5
3) Yard waste
4) Coyote
5) Follow Middletown online

1) Eco-Depot, Saturday April 28, 2018
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 28, 2018 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 State run 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:

2) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, May 5, 2018.
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 May 5 at Second Beach in Middletown.
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.
Call or email to schedule a drop off time before Thursday, May 3 at 3:00PM.
The next Bulk Waste Amnesty Day will be held in the fall.

*I ask for a detailed list so I can 1) accurately plan on how many dumpsters to have on site and we can 2) avoid you loading your car up with material I cannot accept and 3) to help control the flow of cars throughout the day.
Please avoid using terms like miscellaneous stuff, random household junk, odds and ends and/or clutter

> Examples of bulk waste:
couches, chairs, mattresses, bicycles, rugs, large plastic toys, scrap metal AND electronic waste.
> Items not accepted:
Cardboard, 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.

> Here is a link to the 2018 calendar:

3) Yard waste
Yard waste will be starting up in April. 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 lumber, litter, dog waste and other treats mixed in with the yard waste.
All of Middletown’s yard waste goes to 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!

4) Coyote Smart
Please be sure to secure your trash & recycling cart and keep the lids closed to help keep coyotes and other animals out of your carts. Without the lure of an easy meal, coyotes & other wildlife visits to your yard will be brief or rare. Use a bungee cord to keep the lid closed if you have concerns about animals accessing your trash.
Visit for more information on local coyotes

5) Follow Middletown online:
Twitter: @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):

Thank you for reading, please contact me with any questions or concerns!


Will Cronin
Recycling Coordinator
Operations & Facility Manager
Town of Middletown
401 842-6519 (office)

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