Recycling Newsletter Fall 2020

Refuse Collection Department
September 18, 2020

1) Pay As You Throw Renewal Fee Due October 31
2) Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, September 26, 2020
3) Eco-Depot – upcoming events
4) Recycling
5) Yard Waste
6) Collection Delays
7) Follow Middletown online

1) PAYT Renewal Fee
The 2021 annual user fee ($141) can be mailed in or dropped off at the DPW’s locked drop box (our offices are closed to the public until further notice), the 2021 application form can be found here:
Please note:
A) The stickers will not be available in person, there is a drop box at the Department of Public Works office, 9 Berkeley Ave. We will be mailing all stickers back.
B) We are working on an online payment option, we are planning a launch in the next few weeks, check the Town’s site for updates.
C) The ACH payment program is available again, information can be found here:
D) We just received the 2021 stickers, so if you mailed your payment in you should see them in a week or so!
E!) This year’s sticker designs were drawn by two Middletown residents as part of the town’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last April.  We asked participants to express their love for the environment and Middletown’s natural beauty in their designs.  Two of these submissions were chosen to be on this year’s PAYT stickers.  Congratulations to Jade Sheehan and Heather Paris for their wonderful contributions and thank you to all who submitted their artwork!

2)  Bulk Waste Amnesty Day – Saturday, September 26, 2020
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 Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Second Beach in the main parking lot in Middletown, please 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 away, or sell, items that still have life left.

> 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.

> Masks are required.

> The next bulk event will be November 7th.

3) Eco-Depot

The next Eco-Depot is Saturday September 26 in Newport.
For more information visit:

4) Recycling
Here is a great link to what RIRRC accepts in the blue recycling carts:

5) Yard Waste
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 2020 schedule and information about the PAYT program online at:

** A side note, please do not place your dog’s waste in someone else’s cart, it can create unwanted mess!

6) Collection Delays
Our hauler is struggling to keep up with the recyclable materials being produced during the pandemic. They are working hard to collect everyone’s waste but there are some days when the capacity is too great, the truck fills up and additional resources need to be brought in to finish a route, this extra help can sometimes delay your cart being emptied.
Thank you for your patience as we work to address this challenge with Republic Services.

7) Follow Middletown online:
Middletown has increased its online presence, follow us on your social media platform of choice:
*Twitter: @Middletown411
(all of the Middletown Town Council meetings are live streamed)
*Middletown’s blog: /blog (the top six posts may be seen from the town’s home page)
* You can sign up for Middletown’s list serve (email service) here:
Give your name, email address and select recycling from the drop down box then click the blue subscribe button.
You will receive an email from the list serve manager with a confirmation link, click that to confirm and you will then be set up to receive our email blasts!

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)