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Web Exclusive: RIRRC Starts 2011 with Eco-depot and E-Waste Collection

December 28, 2010

Out with the old and in with the new. If you had to make room for your new possessions after the holidays and find you have a carload of materials to discard, mark your calendar for January 8. On that date, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will hold a free Eco-Depot and e-waste collection from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Central Landfill in Johnston.
In addition to household hazardous waste (HHW) and computer equipment, R.I. residents can dispose of a wide assortment of trash - some of which that cannot be disposed of curbside. This includes tires, clean wood, cooking oil, and batteries. Christmas trees can be dropped off free of cost provided they are stripped clean of all decorations.
Upon arrival, visitors should stop at the scale-house and inform the staff about what is to be disposed. Disposal fees may apply to some materials.
Unwanted and broken computers are not allowed to be mixed with regular trash or recycling. The cathode ray tubes pose a danger to the environment and must be recycled with an authorized recycler. HHW also must be disposed properly, and RIRRC offers the only free collection in the state. Any product that is toxic, corrosive, combustible or flammable is considered HHW. Improper disposal may endanger health and safety, and be subject to fines.
To reduce waiting time, RIRRC requires appointments for HHW disposal.
To make an appointment, go to www.rirrc.org and click on the Eco-Depot symbol, or call 942-1430 x241. A full listing of accepted HHW, electronic wastes and wastes accepted in the Small Vehicle Disposal Area can also be found on the site. Appointments are not necessary for e-waste disposal.
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.

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