In conjunction with the 54th anniversary of Earth Day, the City of Newport is inviting residents to take part in the return of its annual Spring Recycling Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 8 a.m. to noon at Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd.
The annual event is specifically intended for “harder to recycle” items including E-Waste, cardboard, clothing, and textiles, scrap metal, rigid plastic, and cooking oils. Two bulky waste items will also be permitted along with free paper shredding for up to three banker’s boxes. Please note that event is free and open to City of Newport residents only. Proof of residency is required.
This year’s event will include the following opportunities for Newport residents:
- Electronic Waste Recycling: Indie Cycle, LLC will be accepting electronic items including computers, laptops, monitors, televisions, routers, PDAs, cell phones, mice, keyboards, ink-jet printers, toner cartridges, CD/DVD players, radios, cameras, network equipment, wires, stereos, speakers, telephones, microwaves, small household appliances, and acid lead batteries such as auto/marine and back-ups. Anything with a wire! A $10 disposal fee will be charged for large wooden encased speakers ($5 for small), laser-jet printers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, dorm-sized refrigerators, water coolers and other coolant-containing devices. Please note, all above should not be actively leaking. Additional charges may apply to large copy machines and printers. Indie Cycle does not accept light bulbs, single use batteries, plastic tapes/disks, glass plates or bowls, broken TV tubes or hazardous materials. For more information: www.indiecycle.com or email email@example.com.
- Paper shredding: Bring up to 3 banker boxes of sensitive paper documents to be shredded. 3 boxes limit for each resident for shredding will be enforced. No commercial businesses accepted. ONLY sensitive documents, no magazines or newspapers.
- Clothing and Textiles: Big Brothers Big Sisters of RI will be available to accept donations of clothing and other textiles. Clean textiles with tears or stains are accepted. Please visit www.DonateRI.org for more information.
- Scrap metal: Metal hangers, pots, pans, metal chains, screws, nails, and any other item that is primarily made out of metal. NO items containing Freon or hazardous waste accepted in the metal container.
- Rigid plastics: Acceptable items are 100% rigid plastic with non-plastic parts removed, empty and free of all materials and liquids, have never held hazardous materials or waste, are smaller than a 95-gallon recycling/trash cart and larger than a hard hat, and are not drums or barrels of any size. Examples of items that fit the criteria include: hard hats (interior lining removed), buckets/pails (metal handles okay), laundry baskets, lawn furniture, milk/soda/beverage crates, plastic election campaign signs (wire mounting stands removed), plastic shelving, storage totes/bins/trays/lids, trash/recycling bins/compost bins, trash/recycling carts (axles, wheels and metal handles removed).
- Cooking oil: Newport Biodiesel will be accepting all vegetable cooking oil for recycling.
- Cardboard: Flattened cardboard only. No paper or packing materials accepted.
- Bulky Waste Items for Disposal: TWO Bulky items (ex: one couch, one table) per household maximum. (Note: there is a six-item max for homeowners who own multiple homes). Proof of residency MUST be presented on the day of the event. ELIGIBLE BULKY ITEMS DO NOT INCLUDE hazardous waste (including refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers), electronics, plastic bags, mattresses or Styrofoam.
What we will NOT accept at this event:
- No Household Hazardous Waste will be accepted at this event. RIRRC will hold the Eco-Depot event for the collection of household hazardous waste in Newport on Saturday, Oct. 4th at Easton’s Beach from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information on Eco-Depot events for household hazardous waste disposal, please visit https://www.ecodepotri.org or call RIRRC at 401-942-1430 ext. 3241.
- No Styrofoam will be accepted at this event. Please reuse it or bring your Styrofoam to RIRRC at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston, RI.
- NO Mattresses will be accepted at this event. Newport residents are eligible to participate in the Mattress Recycling Program. Mattresses that are clean, dry and free of infestation may be brought to the Waste Management Transfer Station located at 65 Halsey Street, (401) 847-0230 for FREE.
- No Plastic bags will be accepted at this event. Please reuse them or bring your plastic grocery bags and other types of clean & dry plastic film to local retailers for inclusion in their recycling program (Stop & Shop, TJ Maxx, Shaw’s, etc.)
There will be no entry until 8 a.m. and gates will close at 12 noon. This event will be held rain or shine. Proof of residency required.
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