Recycling Newsletter, Sept 2019

Refuse Collection Department
September 10, 2019

1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday September 21, 2019
2) upcoming Eco-Depots: Saturday Sept 14, 2019 in Tiverton & September 28 @ 1st Beach, Newport
3) PAYT user fee
4) Yard Waste
5) Forest Ave schedule change
6) PAYT program promotions
7) Middletown Family Day
8) National Community Survey for Middletown Residents
9) No-cost Home Energy Assessments
10) Follow Middletown online

1)  Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, September 21, 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 September 21, 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 in advance to schedule a time to drop off. 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:
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 November 9, 2019.

2)  Eco-Depots–
Saturday, September 14 in Tiverton, 50 Industrial Way, Tiverton
Saturday September 28 in Newport, Easton’s Beach, Newport

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will hold two household hazardous waste collections at the locations and dates above from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
These Eco-Depots are 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:

3) Annual User Fee Stickers
The 2020 annual user fee ($141) can be paid in person at 9 Berkeley Ave, Middletown, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or mailed in (the form can be found here:)
Please note:
A) The stickers are NOT available at Town Hall
B) The ACH payment program is available again, information can be found here:
C) We just received the 2020 stickers, so if you mailed your payment in you should see them in a week or so!

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 and dog waste 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:

5) SCHEDULE CHANGE – Forest Ave neighborhoods
Forest Ave, Wilson Rd, Champlin Terr, Bluegrass Dr, Francisco Dr, Sunrise Ter, Bay Ridge Dr, Osprey Ct, Sanderling Way, Winfield Ct, Lockwood Ln, Lawton Ct, Oakview Ter and Fagan Ct will switch collection days to Wednesday starting November 1, 2019.

To better balance the route and reduce missed collections, Republic Services has requested the change in collection day for the streets listed above.

Please contact the Recycling Coordinator if you have any questions.

6) Two PAYT program promotions
We have two promotions happening to help encourage people to sign up for the PAYT program:
1) Non users can sign up for a two month test drive. Stop by the Recycling Coordinator’s office (9 Berkeley Ave) to sign up, I’ll issue a set of 2019 PAYT stickers at no cost to the resident (the stickers are free but PAY bags are needed). Try the PAYT program through the end of October to see if it works for your household. The issued stickers will expire October 31, 2019.
2) Refer a Friend! Middletown will issue a sleeve of PAYT bags to Middletown residents who refer a new household to successfully sign up for the PAYT program. The referred household must be new to the program to qualify for the bag give-away.
Contact the Recycling Coordinator with any questions.

7) Family Day Event – Music, Food Trucks and Fires on Second Beach

The Middletown Prevention Coalition will celebrate their 11th Annual Family Day on Friday, 27 September from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Second Beach. Family Day is part of a national prevention movement that focuses on parental engagement as important prevention strategy. The simple, little things you do with your kids make a big difference. These activities create strong, healthy relationships that can prevent future risky behaviors. Make time everyday…these simple things can boost your child’s development.

We invite you and your family to come and enjoy old fashioned games, a sand castle competition, a bonfire and smaller fire pits for marshmallow roasting, air brush tattoos, music by the Ben O’Connor Band and a variety of food trucks to satisfy any palette.

Rain date is Friday, October 4, 2019.

8) National Community Survey for Middletown Residents
The Town of Middletown is asking residents to participate in The National Community Survey™ (The NCS™). The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the town government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the town and to make comparisons with peer communities.  The week of September 16, 1700 randomly selected residents of Middletown will receive a copy of the survey in the mail.  We ask that everyone who receives a copy of the survey in the mail complete it and return it, so that the Town can benefit from as much feedback as possible. For anyone who would like to participate in the survey but did not receive one in the mail, the survey will be made available on the Town’s website during the last two weeks of October.
For more information, contact the Town Administrator’s office at (401) 849-2898

 9) No-cost Home Energy Assessments
National Grid is partnering with RISE Engineering to offer Middletown residents no-cost energy assessments for home and business.  A RISE Energy Specialist will do a complete checkup and recommend ways you can use less energy and keep your home or business comfortable.  Learn more about custom energy-saving solutions, weatherization tips, eligibility to receive no-cost light bulbs as well as discounts, rebates and financing for energy-saving improvements by visiting or call 1-888-633-7947.

 10) 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 list serve (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)