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Recycling Newsletter, Sept 2018

Refuse Collection Department
September 7, 2018

Good afternoon,

I hope this email finds you doing well, please take a moment to briefly read the following:

1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, September 22, 2018
2) PAYT User Fee

3) Eco-Depot Sept 29 at 1st Beach in NEWPORT

4) Yard Waste
5) Middletown Events & Information
6) Follow Middletown online

1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, September 22, 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 September 22, 2018 at Second Beach in Middletown, 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 wcronin@middletownri.com) 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, Cardboard, Tires, Household trash, items small enough to fit in a PAYT bag and more than one bundle** of Lumber, Construction and Demolition material
*Hazardous waste can be dropped off at the Eco-Depot in Newport on Sept 29, 2018 @ 1st Beach, call 401-942-1430 x241
** 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: www.MiddletownRI.com/bulk
The Aquidneck Island Sell & Swap Facebook Page, Freecycle.org, craigslist.org & Facebook’s Aquidenck Island Sell & Swap page 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 http://bikenewportri.org for more information.

> The next bulk event will be on November 17th, 2018.


2) PAY User Fee
The annual user fee of $141 is due by October 31. I have the stickers at my office, 9 Berkeley Ave or payment can be mailed to the same address.
The 2019 renewal form: http://refuse-collection.middletownri.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2018/09/2019-subscription-fee-application.pdf
We offer a payment plan as well, info & the application can be found here:


3) Household Hazardous Waste:

* There is an Eco-Depot on September 29th in Newport (@ Easton’s Beach), more info here: https://www.rirrc.org/recycling-composting-disposal/hazardous-waste/household-hazardous-waste
Side note:
RIRRC’s YouTube channel had some great “how to” videos focusing on proper ways to recycle, also check out their A to Z guide on recycling in the Ocean State.
RIRRC’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RIRRC
RIRRC’s A to Z guide: http://atoz.rirrc.org/


4) Yard waste

Please, please, PLEASE, only place material that has grown in your yard out for yard waste collection. Too often, the yard waste truck driver reports lumber, litter, dog waste and other gems 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. When 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:


5) Middletown Events & Information
A) Rally 4 Recovery is coming to Aquidneck Island!
Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery.

In observance of the 29th National Recovery Month, the Aquidneck Island Rally 4 Recovery will celebrate people from all walks of life as they find the path to hope, health, and wellness.

Join us Saturday, September 8 from 12:00-4:00
Pottsy Field, 648 W Main Road (next to the Middletown Library)
Food, rock climbing wall, bouncy house, music

  1. B) Middletown Prevention Coalition celebrates 10th Annual Family Day!
    Join the Middletown Prevention Coalition in celebrating Family Day with Bonfires, Food Trucks & live music with the Ben O’Connor Band:
    Friday, September 28th
    Second Beach, Middletown
    Enjoy a family freindly evening at the beach with a sandcastle competition, face painting, relay races, potato sack races, bonfires, roasting marshmallows, and live music from the Ben O’Connor Band! Food trucks will be onsite!

Family Day is a national prevention movement to inform families about the importance of parental engagement. Family Day celebrates the simple, everyday things parents do with their kids- sharing a meal, playing a game, or discussing their day. Parents can make every day special. The simple, little things parents do with their kids make a big difference. These activities create strong, healthy relationships that can prevent risky behaviors.

  1. C) Info for the upcoming Primary Wednesday, September 12, 2018 & the General Election Tuesday, November 6, 2018:


The Middletown Canvassing Authority has designated the following locations for voting:









1 12 72 1901 Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #21 (FOP)

464 Mitchells’ Lane

1 12 72 1902 Joseph H. Gaudet School – Gym

Turner Road Entrance

1 12 73 1903 Aquidneck School – Cafeteria

70 Reservoir Road

1 12 74 1904 Middletown High School – Gym

130 Valley Road

1 12 74 1905 Forest Avenue School – Cafeteria

315 Forest Avenue


The polls will be open for voting from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Visit our website at http://www.middletownri.com and click on the VOTE Icon (Voter Information Center link) to view sample ballots, and check your voter registration status.

  1. D) Political Sign Placement Information
    No political signs may be placed in the public right of way, including within five feet of the paved surface of roads. Any sign installed or placed on public property or within the public right-of-way shall be forfeited to the public and subject to confiscation by the Town’s sign officer, who is the Building Official. For questions or more information, please contact the Building Official’s office at (401) 847-5769

E )Residents & Businesses Required to Remove Snow from Sidewalks

Just a reminder that all property owners in the Town of Middletown are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after snowfall.

If you have a fire hydrant, storm drain and/or a pedestrian-access ramp bordering your lot, it is your responsibility to remove snow around these areas. It is illegal to put snow into the roadways as it causes hazardous conditions.

Failure to remove snow is a violation of Town Ordinance 94.01 Owners to Remove Snow, Debris from Sidewalks and can result in a citation and fines.

The Middletown Police Department will be monitoring conditions after snowfall and working with residents and businesses to ensure that property owners are clearing sidewalks in accordance with the Town Code.

6) Follow Middletown online:
Twitter: @Middletown411
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddletownRI
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/user3023029
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): http://middletown.simplelists.com

If you have made it this far, 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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