2007-12-13 / News

Proper disposal of household chemicals helps the environment

An Eco-Depot collection for household hazardous waste will be held at Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Central Landfill, located at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston. This service is free to Rhode Island residents.

Appointments are required and can be scheduled online at www. rirrc.org or by calling 942-1430, ext. 241.

The Eco-Depot program accepts household items that are considered poisonous or flammable. Propane tanks and other toxic items such as cleaners, pesticides, automotive lubricants and home improvement supplies such as paints, thinners, stains, fertilizers, and weed killers should be dropped off at the Eco-Depot for proper disposal.

To determine if an item is hazardous, simply look for the words "caution," "danger" or "warning" on the label. A complete list of materials accepted may be found on the Resource Recovery Web site at www.rirrc.org. The site also offers instructions on how to properly and safely transport these items to the collection.

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is the quasi-state environmental agency dedicated to providing the public with environmentally sound programs and facilities to manage waste. The agency helps fund and promote the state's recycling program, and owns and operates the Materials Recycling Facility and Central Landfill in Johnston.

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