2012-01-05 / News

RIRRC announces hazardous waste collection dates

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has announced their household hazardous waste collection schedule for the 2012 calendar year. The collections, which help to keep household hazardous waste out of the state’s Central Landfill and out of Rhode Island’s waterways, are provided to Rhode Island residents free of charge.

The first two collections will be held at the Central Landfill Complex in Johnston from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 7, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

Household hazardous waste must be collected separately in order to protect humans, animals and the local environment. These are products that have warning labels indicating they are dangerous to human health because they are flammable, caustic, combustible or toxic. Common household hazardous waste items include fluorescent light bulbs, oil-based paint, mercury thermometers, used motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, pool and lawn chemicals, propane tanks and pesticides.

“We are incredibly passionate about this program at Rhode Island Resource Recovery and I look forward to our collections in 2012,” said Joe Rotella, special Waste manager for RIRRC. “In 2011 alone, we collected 889,374 pounds of household hazardous waste. We hope to top that figure in 2012.”

From January through December there will be 19 Eco-Depot collections at the Central Landfill Complex. In addition to the on-site events, 21 collections will be held off-site at various municipal locations throughout the state.

An appointment must be made in advance to schedule a dropoff. By making an appointment, customer wait times are kept to a minimum. To make an appointment or to view the complete list of accepted materials, visit rirrc.org/ecodepot or call 942.1430, ext. 241.

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