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JOHNSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will host a special Eco-Depot collection of household hazardous waste (HHW) in Glocester on March 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The site is the Glocester Highway Department located at 91 Chestnut Hill Road. The collection is free and available for Rhode Island residents only.
Appointments are necessary for the Eco-Depot service to reduce waiting time in the drop-off.
HHW is banned from landfill disposal and cannot be mixed with regular trash. Eligible products have labels warning that they are dangerous to human health because they are flammable, caustic, combustible, explosive or toxic. Some of the most popular HHW are compact florescent light bulbs, oil-based paint, mercury thermometers and thermostats, used motor oil and oil filters, gasoline, antifreeze, lawn chemicals, and pesticides.
Incorrect disposal of HHW has long-lasting ill effects on the environment. Small amounts of household poisons can contaminate large bodies of water, affecting the plants and wildlife that rely on the water for life. It's nearly impossible to pinpoint the source of the pollution or clean it up. It's much easier to prevent pollution by using a service such as Eco-Depot.
To make an appointment, go to www.rirrc.org
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is the quasi-state environmental agency dedicated to providing the public with environmentally sound programs and facilities to manage waste. The agency helps fund and promote the state's recycling program, and owns and operates the Materials Recycling Facility and Central Landfill in Johnston.