2009-04-02 / News

Recycle e-waste and hazardous materials on April 18

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will hold an e-waste recycling and Eco-Depot collection on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Second Beach in Middletown. This service is free for all Rhode Island residents.

Since computers cannot be placed in the trash or recycled in R.I.'s curbside program, unwanted and broken personal computer equipment can be recycled for free via RIRRC. Resource Recovery will accept all types of household computers including CPUs, monitors, printers, keyboards, laptops, hard drives, scanners, modems, and mouse devices.

Now is the time to get rid of old cans of paint, stains and wood finishes collecting dust in the garage.

Eco-Depot is 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 and propane gas tanks. Products that contain warnings such as, "flammable," "combustible," "explosive" or "corrosive" are toxic to humans, animals and the environment.

"We understand how important it is to make recycling free and convenient for, Rhode Islanders," said Mike O'Connell, executive director of Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. "We hope that by providing the collection in Middletown, residents of Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands will do a little spring cleaning and properly dispose of their electronic and household hazardous waste."

An appointment is necessary for Eco-Depot drop-offs to reduce waiting time. Call 942-1430, ext. 241 or sign up online at www.rirrc. org and click on the Eco-Depot logo on the right-hand side of the page. No appointment is necessary for computer recycling.

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.

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