RECYCLE - There are ways to recycle so many items!
Recycling is sorting like materials so it can then be made into new items, instead of being landfilled. When disposing an item, take a look at what is made of (metal, plastic, etc.) to see if it might be accepted in one of our recycling programs below.
Please make sure you sort all recyclables from you trash. Any recycling that is mixed in your trash can never be removed or recycled; instead it goes straight to the landfill.
Watch the RIRRC video on what belongs in the recycle bin; it's the same all throughout our state.
RECYCLING in your Curbside Bin
North Smithfield offers weekly curbside recycling pick-up on the same day as your trash collection. Using this recycling program is the easiest way to reuse valuable materials and reduce your trash amount.
Recycling also saves your tax dollars, precious space in our state landfill and is good to our environment all at the same time.
HOW TO GET A RECYCLE BIN: Recycle bins are available at the Town Hall located at 1 Main Street and at the Highway Garage.
New residents will receive their first bin free. Replacement or additional bins are just $5.
No longer need your old recycle bin? Bring to the highway garage and recycle it in our rigid plastic recycling program.
Having extra recycling is a great thing - just help and clearly mark the can you are using.
The town always encourages extra recycling. All we ask is that you use this sticker so our recycling hauler knows what is in that can. Keep in mind, these guys are at over 1000 homes a day, so if we make clear what is in our cans, they'll be able to provide great service.
The stickers are free! You can pick them up at Town Hall and the Highway Garage or call and we will mail them. Please add this sticker to any bin you use for recycling outside of the curbside blue or green standard recycle bin. This includes blue bins stamped with the recycling logo or any other containers you might have hand marked recycling.
Our goal is to make sure all your recycables get into the correct truck. This sticker makes it very clear for our recycling crew and will cut down on any confusion.
RECYCLING Rigid Plastic & Scrap Metal
Residents are welcome to bring these accepted items to our Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway, when we're OPEN.
RECYCLING Fluorescent Light Bulbs
CFL's are always accepted at our statewide Eco-Depot collections, but residents can also bring the small light bulb size, no tubes, to Lowe's & Home Depot for drop off by customer service counter.
RECYCLING TVs & E- Waste
Due to unforeseen circumstances, TVs and E-Waste are no longer being accepted at the Highway Garage.
Free drop off for RI residents is still available for TVs, monitors & computers (CPUs, laptops & tablets) at RIRRC 65 Shun Pike, Johnston RI.
Electronics that are metal, (i.e.: microwaves, toaster ovens, etc.) are still accepted at the highway garage and will be recycled within our scrap metal collection.
RECYCLING E- Waste
While the highway garage no longer accepts E- waste, that does not mean this waste item cannot be recycled. Indie Cycle hosts many e-waste recycling events all RI residents are welcome to attend.
Click below for a link to their website where you can view the schedule of events. This is a great option and keeps all this waste out of our landfill; we hope you use this service.
RECYCLING Hardcover Books, Plastic Bags & Textiles
See how you can recycle even more by using additional community programs.
Recycling at Community Drop-Offs
JOHNSTON, RI *RI Resource Recovery* 65 Shun Pike
RI residents and businesses can bring foam products to the drop-off in our small Vehicle Area (SVA)
Foodservice foam & Rigid packaging foam
(Foam must be clean, dry and bagged in clear or translucent bags. Foodservice foam (like coffee cups and food trays) must be bagged seperately from all other foam.
Bring to RIRRC for FREE in a segregated load during normal operating hours (M-F 6 AM - 3:45 PM)
RI has a great PaintCare program to recycle both latex & oil-based paints. Some local paint retailers now allow drop off of accepted paints during their normal business hours.
PaintCare sites, accept house paint and primers, stains, sealers and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish) but they do not accept aerosols (spray cans), solvents and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use.
Click below for drops offs & more program details.
RECYCLING Mattresses & Box Springs
The Town of NS has a free drop-off program for our residents if their unwanted mattress or box spring can be accepted in our mattress recycling program.
For residents needing a pick-up service, we have a private company that offers that service weekly. Click below for all these details.