Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will host a special collection of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste at Second Beach in Middletown on April 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For people who live on Aquidneck Island, this will be a convenient date to avoid the trip to Johnston for special wastes disposal.
Eco-Depot collections are free and are available to Rhode Island residents only. To avoid waiting in lines, appointments are necessary if dropping off HHW. No appointment is required for recycling electronic waste.
Last year, 1,200 households delivered 77,000 pounds of HHW and 25,000 pounds of e-waste to RIRRC at this location. By volume, this made last year's Middletown collection the most successful of the year. Because this collection is held near the shore, RIRRC asks that residents refrain from bringing safety flares to Eco-Depot. Local fire departments can assist with the proper disposal of safety flares.
Neither HHW nor e-waste can be combined with regular trash that will be land-filled. Common examples of electronic waste include computers, monitors, mouse pointers, hard drives, modems, scanners, laptops, printers, and televisions. The improper disposal of these now-common items has the potential to cause harm to humans and environment alike.
HHW must also be disposed of carefully. These products use cautionary terms on their labels such as "poison" or "danger to human health." The usual suspects are oil-based paints, rechargeable batteries, pool chemicals, automotive fluids, fluorescent bulbs, and mercury-containing devices such as thermostats and thermometers.
"Eco-Depot is free and one of the best services available to safely rid homes of potentially dangerous products," said Michael OConnell, executive director of RIRRC. "We schedule collections around the state because we appreciate the fact that people don't want to travel very far on their Saturdays for this type of household chore. With our service, you won't have to wait in line more than 20 minutes."
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.