How Do I Dispose?

North Smithfield wants to keep all that can be recycled or diverted out of our municipal trash.  Use these additional programs to help us reach that goal!

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Not sure how to get rid of a certain item? 
Click the A-Z icon above. It will link you to RIRRC's listing of over 5,000 items. 
This index will list ways to reuse, recycle or the proper way to dispose so many items.

RI Resource Recovery Corp. (RIRRC) Small Vehicle Drop Area: 

RI Resource Recovery manages so much more than what is landfilled. There are many opportunities to recycle all kinds of "good" trash beyond what  goes in the curbside recycling program. The best part is residents can use this drop off anytime RIRRC is open and take advantage of more options that what is offered in town.  For complete information, click  the link for the Small Vehicle Area below.

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click above for accepted items at their Small Vehicle Area

Common items you might want to dispose:  

Appliances - Large appliances such as stoves, refrigerators and washers are considered white goods.  Smaller appliances, (microwaves, toaster ovens, toasters_ if mostly metal, can be accepted in our scrap metal container at the Highway garage.  Plastic appliances (coffee makers, heaters etc.) should usually go right in your trash.  

Batteries  - Single use batteries C, D, AA go right in the trash.  Rechargable, lithium and car batteries are examples of batteries that handled differently.  For a complete list see the A- Z list above..

Bulky Items - Couch/ Old Furniture

Clothing and Textiles - Residents can drop off all kinds of textiles in various collection boxes in town.  Many boxes are Kiducation or Goodwill boxes, but any labeled textile container can accept more than just old clothing. Shoes, pillows, curtains, blankets, belts are also accepted.  Fabrics can be torn or missing buttons, but not soiled or wet.  Click here for more info 

Cooking Oil -  Bring to RI Resource Recovery in Johnston in their Small Vehicle Drop off Area program.

Construction Debris -  Construction debris is considered wood, sheet rock, toilets, windows, tiles etc. This material cannot be collected in the weekly residential collection.  Residents can dispose of this item by bringing to RI Resource Recovery or any area transfer stations for a fee.

For larger construction projects, a dumpster can be rented from a variety of private waste hauling companies.

Christmas Trees -  Real trees and wreaths free of tinsel, ornaments, wire or bags can be brought to our Highway Garage during the month of January for composting.  Trees are not collected curbside and will not be put in the trash.  

Extra Trash - Trash is limited to two 36 gallon containers or bags each week.  If you have more than the limit, it will only be accepted if it is in the purchased Town of NS yellow bags.  Bags are sold for $10 for a package of five 33 gallon size bags.  Bags are available at Town Hall, the Annex and the Highway Garage.

Flourescent Bulbs – CFL’s are considered hazardous and can be brought to an Eco- Depot collection where bulb or tube size are accepted.  Bulb size CFLs are also accepted at many Lowes and Home Depot stores by the customer service desk.

Furniture -  See if your furniture item is allowed to be picked up in our trash program. Complete details available here.

Hard-covered Books -  Newer books are welcome at our NS Public Library or can be dropped in the Discover Book box located at the library 20 Main Street, Slaterville. Older, outdated books, can be recycled in the curbside cart  if the hardcover is removed.   Paperback books can go directly in your curbside recycle bin.

Hazardous Items -  Oil based paints/stains, pool chemicals, propane tanks are considered hazardous and are not collected in the weekly trash.  RIRRC offers many Eco-Depot collections throughout the state. Click below for more information

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Medical Sharps -  All medical sharps should be placed in thick plastic container, such as an old laundry detergent container. Secure with cover and then tape, and put in your TRASH can—do not place in recycling.

Motor Oil & Filters - Used motor oil and the filters are accepted at our Highway garage during normal business hours. 

Paints & Stains –  Disposal is easier than ever with the NEW PaintCare RI program. Click Paintcare for more information.

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Plastic Bag Recycling - All kinds of strechable plastic can be recycled, but NOT in the curbside recycle bin. Instead you would bring directly to local retail stores and place in the blue ReSTORE bins. Click below for program details.


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Rigid Plastic –  Hard rigid plastic items such as coolers, broken trash & recycle bins, Little Tyke toys and milk crates, can now be dropped off at our Highway Garage during normal business hours.

Scrap Metal - Items that are not container shapes cannot be placed in the curbside recycle cart as it damages the sorting equipment in the recycle sorting area. Chains, microwaves, bicycles are all recyclable in the scrap metal program.  Just bring to our Highway Garage anytime we are open.   

Styrofoam – Hard packing Styrofoam can be recycled if brought to RI Resource Recovery. This item is one of the items collected in their Small Vehicle Drop Area. 

TVs & E-Waste - TVs, laptops, tablets, computer monitors and CPUs only, are accepted free of charge at RIRRC, 65 Shun Pike, Johnston Monday - Friday 6 am -3:45pm, and on Saturday 6 am - 12 noon.

TVs and all kinds of e-waste items can also be recycled, but at specific one-day events hosted by Indie Cycle. They accept, many more electronic items, and will take printers, keyboards, telephones and basically anything with a plug. Click here to find our where Indie Cycle will be next.

Tires - Town Fair Tire will accept tires for a fee of $2 per tire, but please check directly to make sure pricing has not changed.  RIRRC will also accept for a fee of $7 per tire.  

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Still have questions?  
Call the Recycling Department @ 767-2200 x 345