2010-04-29 / News

Get rid of hazardous waste and e-waste on May 15

On Saturday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., R.I. Resource Recovery Corporation and the town of Narragansett will hold a special collection for wastes that cannot be collected curbside or taken to transfer stations.

Rhode Islanders can drop off computers, televisions and assorted household hazardous waste (HHW) at Narragansett Town Beach in the South Pavilion parking lot.

This program is a free service for all Rhode Island residents, and anyone dropping off hazardous waste will need to make an appointment.

Resource Recovery will accept e-waste, including broken and antiquated computer products such as CPUs, monitors, printers, keyboards, laptops, hard drives, scanners, modems and mouse devices. The corporation recycles the material safely and properly.

Any product that is flammable, combustible, explosive, toxic, corrosive, poisonous and hazardous to health qualifies as HHW. Examples of common HHW include oil-based paint, fluorescent light bulbs, lawn chemicals, pesticides, antifreeze, pool chemicals, turpentine, muriatic acid, propane gas tanks and fire extinguishers. They are banned from landfill disposal because they can pollute the environment if discarded improperly.

For a complete list of eligible materials or to make an appointment, visit www.rirrc.org or call 942-1430, x-241.

Appointments are not necessary for recycling e-waste.

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