Recycling Newsletter (fall 2017)

Refuse Collection Department
November 2, 2017

1) PAYT User Fee
2) Veteran’s Day – NO DELAY
3) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, November 18, 2017
4) Yard waste
5) Shredded paper
6) Follow Middletown online
7) Plastic bag Ban

1) Veteran’s Day
There will be no delay in collections on Friday November 10, 2017. Trash, recycling and yard waste will be collected as scheduled.
Why? Middletown’s collection schedule mirrors Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation’s holiday calendar. Republic Service’s trucks can only collect on the days the facilities are open so they can unload the same day.
Town offices will be closed.
Here is a link to the 2017 calendar:

The 2018 calendars will be mailed out in December.

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 2018 renewal form:
We offer a payment plan as well, more info can be found here:
We will have a grace period during the first full week of the month to allow for the processing of checks and stickers to be returned via the Postal Service.

3) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, November 18
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 November 18, 2017 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 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: * *
Cardboard, 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*
* 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.

** The next bulk event will be in the spring of 2018.

4) 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 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!

You may view the schedule and information about the PAYT program online at:

5) Shredded Paper
Shredded paper is no longer accepted in our recycling program due to it being hard to capture, contamination to the other recyclables, and bags jamming equipment. Here’s
more information:

Shredding events: there is a free shredding event in Johnston RI this Saturday, Sept 16:

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:
RIRRC’s A to Z guide:

6) 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):

7) Plastic Bag Ban
The Middletown Town Council passed an ordinance in May 2017 to ban the sale or use of plastic bags in businesses and restaurants in Middletown.  We are currently in the process of amending this ordinance so that our definition of reusable bags more closely matches the definition found in Newport’s ordinance.  Because of this process takes time, Middletown is postponing enforcement of the ban until November 30, 2017.

What does this mean for me?

Retail businesses and restaurants may provide recyclable paper bags and reusable bags at the point of purchase for customers. No business establishment shall provide or make available any plastic carryout bag (either complementary or for a fee) for any sales transaction or other use to members of the public that does not comply with the definition of a Reusable Bag (see below).

  RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG.  A paper bag that is fully recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and contains no old growth fiber. The bag should display the words “Reusable” and “Recyclable” or the universal recycling logo on the outside of the bag.

REUSABLE BAG. A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made primarily of cloth or other nonwoven textile or durable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils .  Any straps must be stitched and not heat fused.

Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags to the store for their shopping needs.

What exemptions are there to the ordinance?

  • laundry dry cleaning bags and other double opening plastic bags
  • door-hanger bags
  • newspaper bag
  • packages of multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste;
  • bags provided by pharmacists or veterinarians to contain prescription drugs or other medical necessities,
  • plastic barrier bags used to contain bulk items, such as produce, nuts, grains, candy, or small hardware items;
  • plastic barrier bags used to wrap frozen foods, meat, or fish, whether or not prepackaged;
  • bags to contain or wrap flowers, potted plants or other items to prevent moisture damage to other purchases;
  • bags to contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods;
  • bags used by a non-profit corporation or other hunger relief charity to distribute food, grocery products, clothing, or other household items.


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



Will Cronin
Recycling Coordinator