March 2020 Recycling Newsletter (March Bulk Amnesty Day Canceled)

Refuse Collection Department
March 16, 2020

1) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day CANCELED
2) DPW closed to the public

3) Follow Middletown online

4) Yard Waste
5) Middletown Prevention Coalition


1)  Bulk Waste Amnesty Day CANCELED

Our March 28, 2020 Bulk Amnesty Event has been cancelled out of an abundance of caution.

Information on Bulk Waste, including curbside collection of bulk items as well as a list of charitable organizations can be found here:
The Aquidneck Island Sell & Swap Facebook Page, and are great outlets for trying to give away, or sell, items that still have life left.

> Bicycles, bike parts and accessories can 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.

A PaintCare program scheduled for April 4th at Second Beach has also been cancelled. Fortunately, we have two locations in Middletown that accept old paint. Learn more here:

2) The Department of Public Works offices closed to the public
Until further notice, the Middletown Department of Public Works Building located at 9 Berkeley Avenue will be closed to the public indefinitely, including the use of the Community Room for public meetings.  This building houses the Department of Public Works, the Refuse and Recycling Program (PAYT), Engineering, Information Technology and Park and Beaches.  This precaution is being implemented in light of recent developments with the Corona Virus pandemic.  Our chief concern is to protect the health and safety of all of our residents by protecting the health and safety of our employees who work in this building.

If you need to speak to someone at the Department of Public Works, please call (401) 846-2119.  Other departments may be contacted by sending an email to

If you need to purchase a sticker for the PAYT trash program, please use the form found online and mail in your application to Will Cronin, 9 Berkeley Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842.  If you need further assistance with either the PAYT program or with matters related to Parks and Beach, please contact me at or (401) 842-6519.

3) Follow Middletown
In an effort to improve communications with residents and visitors the Town is actively using social media outlets as well as making improvements to the Town’s website (to be launched soon).

Please follow us online:
(All of the Middletown Town Council meetings are now live-streamed)

*Sign up for Middletown’s listserve (email service):

4) Yard Waste
Yard Waste will begin the week of April 6th.
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) Middletown Prevention Coalition
Wondering what all the purple is about around town? The Middletown Prevention Coalition is sponsoring The Middletown Wellness Project….Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities. This initiative celebrates our Middletown kids who are making healthy decisions. It kicked off on March 1 and will run through March 31.

The Middletown Prevention Coalition and Islanders Committed, our youth committee, is sponsoring many activities and events during the month of March. Some of these will be: a Lunch n’ Learn Series for MHS and Gaudet students; a faculty Lunch n’ Learn; a yoga series for MPS faculty and staff, health & wellness informational tables during the lunch periods at MHS and Gaudet, a library resources enhancement project (the purchase of some new books for the library), health/wellness assemblies, a ” Purple Up” Middletown initiative; and the 3rd Annual Middletown Wellness Project Volleyball Tournament, which is a fund raiser for Islanders Committed.

Islanders Committed, the youth committee of the coalition, is sponsoring a Lunch n’ Learn Series at MHS and Gaudet Middle School as part of The Middletown Wellness Project…Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative this month. The program was created by the Islanders Committed youth and is a holistic approach to health and wellness designed to help students attain peak performance in academics, athletics and in their personal lives. Please share the info with those that have children at MHS or Gaudet.

The Middletown Wellness Project’s 3rd Annual Volleyball Tournament will be postponed, keep an eye out for a new date!
The Middletown Prevention Coalition needs YOU to help us build a community where our kids can thrive. Support our kids making healthy choices.

Thank you for reading and please be well!

Will Cronin
Recycling Coordinator