Spring PAYT Newsletter

Refuse Collection Department
March 25, 2019

1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday March 30, 2019
2) Eco-Depot, Saturday April 27, 2019 in Tiverton
3) Yard Waste
4) Rain Barrels
5) Health Soil, Healthy Seas
6) Simple Recycling
7) Notes from the Middletown Prevention Coalition (MPC)
8) Follow Middletown online

1)  Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, March 30, 2019
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 March 30, 2019 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.

* * Items not accepted: * *
Hazardous waste, Yard Waste, Cardboard, Tires, Household trash, items small enough to fit in a PAYT bag and/or 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: www.MiddletownRI.com/bulk
The Aquidneck Island Sell & Swap Facebook Page, Freecycle.org and craigslist.org 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 in May 2019.

2)  Eco-Depot – Saturday, April 27 in Tiverton

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will hold a household hazardous waste collection on April 27, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Tiverton DPW yard, 50 Industrial Way, Tiverton RI.

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.

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: http://rirrc.org/resident/household-hazardous-waste/)

I wish we had an Eco-Depot scheduled in Middletown, but for now we’ll have to pack a lunch and >gasp< cross a bridge.
The location is right off Route 24 in Tiverton. The May 18 Eco-Depot is in Bristol and I expect to see local events scheduled for the fall.

3) Yard Waste
Yard waste service will start on April 1, 2019 and run for four weeks in April, continuing every other week May through October, four weeks in November and an additional collection in December. 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 undesirables 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 litters their fields and surrounding property.

Thank you!

You may view the schedule and information about the PAYT program online at: https://refuse-collection.middletownri.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2019/01/Recycling2019.pdf

4) Rain Barrel Distribution Day Saturday April 6, 2019.
Preorder your rain barrel at https://www.riwaterlady.com/store/c14/Middletown_Recycling_Rain_Barrel_Program.html and pick it up at the Department of Public Works garage (19 Berkeley Ave) on Saturday, April 6 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. $95.23 per barrel (tax included), pre-orders will be taken up until March 25th, 2019
$10 of every barrel sold is donated back to Middletown’s PAYT recycling program’s enterprise fund.

5) Healthy Soils, Healthy Seas
Check out this super cool composting initiative from Clean Ocean Access & 11th Hour Racing: http://www.cleanoceanaccess.org/hshsri/

6) Simple Recycling

It has been a few months since the start of the Simple Recycling program and it has been well received. I have extra pink bags in my office if you need more.
If your pink bag was out but not collected you can reach out to the company in the following ways, call 866-835-5068 or visit http://simplerecycling.com (Please do not call Republic Services).

7) Notes from the Middletown Prevention Coalition (MPC), follow them on Facebook for more information

The Middletown Prevention Coalition (MPC) is committed to promoting the health and wellness of our Middletown youth and will be publishing a series of newsletters to share important information to achieve that goal. This edition of our Raising Healthy Teens newsletter that we have developed in conjunction with our neighboring county coalitions is designed to share current relevant topics about raising healthy teens/children. This edition focuses on marijuana edibles, suicide, social media and local teen trending lingo. Please see our Facebook page and share with friends, family & neighbors. Hope you find it helpful.

The Middletown Prevention Coalition, in conjunction with the Newport County Prevention Coalition will host a Community Forum, entitled Breaking Down the Opioid Crisis: How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Headed? The forum will be held on April 4 at 6:00 pm at CCRI. Dr. Bertha Madras is a professor of psychobiology at the Harvard Medical School and is a renowned international speaker on the topic. She is dynamic speaker who weaves humor in with her wealth of knowledge on the topic. Please mark your calendars…you don’t want to miss this forum!

Wellness is about being in good physical and mental/emotional health. Improving your physical health impacts your mental health and vice versa. If you think you might want to talk to someone there are many great resources available locally. Check out the new 2018-19 Mental Health and Resource Guide available on our Facebook page.

Do you have a compulsive gambling problem? Newport County has a new resource to help you, a Gamblers Anonymous meeting in Tiverton. For more information visit MPC’s Facebook page!

8) 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 list serve (email service): http://middletown.simplelists.com

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)