2009-05-28 / About Town

Turn in hazardous waste at Eco-Depot

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation's Eco-Depot program will travel to Jamestown for a special East Bay collection on Saturday, June 6.

Residents may drop off their household hazardous waste at the Melrose School parking lot at 76 Melrose Ave. between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., but appointments are necessary to reduce wait times.

Eco-Depot is a free household hazardous waste collection program for Rhode Islanders. To schedule an appointment, go to www.rirrc.org and click on the Eco-Depot logo on the right hand side of the page, or call 942-1430 x241.

"Please don't mix regular trash with household hazardous waste," said Mike OConnell, executive director of Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. "It may cause unintentional harm to you and anyone who touches your trash cans. The correct and safest way to dispose of hazardous waste is through the Eco-Depot program. To make it convenient, Resource Recovery regularly schedules collections at sites throughout the state."

Eco-Depot collects millions of pounds of unwanted household hazardous items annually including fluorescent light bulbs, automotive fluids, oil-based paints and stains, varnish, turpentine and thinner, propane gas tanks and pesticides, weed killers and fertilizers.

Household hazardous waste contains chemicals that are toxic, corrosive, and can easily catch on fire or explode when mixed with other substances. Most homes have numerous hazardous products stored in the basement, garage, kitchen, bathroom, and shed. The unused contents of these products are known as "household hazardous waste."

To find out which products might be hazardous, look for caution instructions on the label. Usually, if a product has a caution label, it's hazardous. If not disposed of properly, these products pose a threat to human health and to the environment, can harm septic systems, leach into drinkingwater wells, and even degrade the quality of Rhode Island's shoreline.

For more information about household hazardous waste and to review a longer list of accepted items, go to rirrc.org.

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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