Trash Program


Our Trash & Recycling department educates residents regarding our curbside trash, recycling and special collections offered our community and assist residents with resources for disposal of items that go beyond these programs.  

This will explain how to properly place your household trash out for collection. 

What is Trash?  The Town of North Smithfield weekly trash service is for household trash items that is generated in normal day-to-day living.  This includes kitchen trash, bathroom trash and the like.

** Please note, this service is not intended for move outs or clean outs, waste from home construction projects, hazardous items, Christmas trees and yard waste and any item that is deemed unacceptable by RI Resource Recovery, the governing body of our state landfill. We ask residents to call with any questions before they place items out for collection. 

Trash Limits:  All trash MUST be bagged -  no loose trash. Trash in bags or cans is accepted, but the weekly amount is limited to two (2) 36-gallon size trash cans or bags.  

Weight Limits: Trash collection in our community is a manual collection, meaning men still pick up your trash.  Please be aware that trash bags or cans cannot exceed a weight of 35 pounds.

Trash CansTrash cans are not provided by the town.  Residents purchasing trash cans should purchase a 36-gallon size.  This allows the men to be able to pick up and handle your trash.  If your can is too larger or heavy, unfortunatel,y your trash will not be able to be emptied.  This is a standard 36-gallon size trash can. 


Placement Times:  Trash & recycling containers cannot be left out at the curb.  Residents should only place items for collection no earlier than 6 pm on the day before your regular pick-up day but no later than 6 am. on your collection day. Please remember, do not place any items we cannot pick up in the weekly collection. We do not want to leave any items behind after we service your property.

No Bin No Barrel:  North Smithfield has a No Bin, No Barrel policy which states every house must have their recycling cart out for collection for any trash to be collected. If the recycling collections comes before your trash, residents must leave their recycle cart out until the trash is collected. 

One Bulky Item:  The town does allow one larger item to be collected IF it is something permitted in our trash collection.  Click below for complete details of what is considered a bulky item and allowed in this collection.

What is considered a bulky item?

Multi-Unit Properties: The Town of North Smithfield offers weekly trash & recycling service to 1 - 4 unit properties. We ask landlords to understand and inform their tenants what is permitted in the weekly collections, but ultimately the responsibility falls to the owner of the property.

Moving Out or Cleaning Out:  Remember the trash limits still apply. Click below for suggestions to help you manage larger trash amounts.

Moving Out/ Cleaning Out Details

White Goods (Appliances & Large Metal) Items Monthly curbside collection is available on the first Saturday of the month to our residents at no charge. Residents should call the Recycling department directly to schedule a pickup.  Please call by Wednesday of the last week of the month to be placed on the schedule.

Wrong Items Placed Curbside:  If you come home and see items left after yor trash & recycling has been serviced, most likely you have placed an item we cannot collect in these programs. These MUST be removed off the curb in order to keep our streets clear and safe and per town ordinance regulations. 

Yard Waste Collections:  A seasonal yard waste curbside collection is offered to our residents during our Spring and Fall seasons.  Click below for complete details regarding the collection times and requirements. 


Yard Waste Collections

** Some items might be accepted at community or state drop offs for recycling, but some items that we cannot manage are ultimately the responsibily of the resident and could incur a disposal cost.