Public Works Department
Gary Treml, Director
Recycling Do’s & Don’ts
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Recycling Right in RI:
The Complete How-To
Stick to these rules-of-thumb for recycling
in Rhode Island, and you'll recycle right
95% of the time... and that's fantastic!
You'll help keep our operation running
efficiently, keep our workers safe, and
ensure RI produces a high quality product.
Public Works Department
91 Chestnut Hill Road
Chepachet, RI 02814
Director's Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm
Office Hours: 7:00am – 3:00pm
121 Chestnut Hill Road
Chepachet, RI 02814
Transfer Station Hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Closed during snow or ice conditions
A visible Resident Sticker is required on all vehicles.
- Permanent Stickers are for those residents whose vehicles are registered in Glocester.
Permanent Stickers may be obtained from the Highway Director's Office at 91 Chestnut Hill Road, Glocester, RI Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM or at the Transfer Station during regular hours. Permanent Stickers are no longer available at the Town Hall.
- Temporary Passes are for those residents whose vehicles are not registered in Glocester.
Temporary Passes may be obtained from the Highway Director's Office at 91 Chestnut Hill Road, Glocester, RI Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00PM. Vehicle registration and proof of residency is required. Temporary Passes are no longer available at the Town Hall.
Recycling is mandatory as of October 4, 1993.
Recycling receptacles are located at the Main Recycling Center, to the left as you enter the Transfer Station.
- Newspapers/Bottles & Cans - All newspapers, ads and inserts, mixed paper, mail, paperback books and magazines. Flattened cardboard boxes and other corrugated cardboard. All glass bottles and jars, plastic soda bottles, plastic milk jugs (2.5 gals. or less) and drink cartons. All should be rinsed clean to control odors and pests. All detergent, fabric softener and bleach bottles, aluminum and tin cans, aluminum foil and pie plates.
- Shredded Paper - Shredded Paper – Double-bag the shreds in clear or somewhat see-through plastic bags, (shopping bags from grocery stores) and put the bags in the same recycling container as the Newspaper/Bottles and Cans. This is the ONLY recyclable item allowed in a plastic bag.
MORE Info: It is important to know what a “sensitive” document is and what isn’t. Anything with your social security number, bank or credit card numbers, medical records or forms are sensitive documents. If someone else got hold of these, you could be at risk. Items with just your name, address, and phone number are not sensitive. Magazines, newspapers, and junk mail can be safely recycled whole in your household’s recycling bin. Whole sheets of paper make for higher quality recycling.
- Mixed Rigid Plastic - All plastic buckets larger than 2.5 gals., drums, totes & empty garbage barrels and bins. Plastic milk crates, kitty litter containers, laundry baskets, lawn furniture and pet carriers. Plastic toys and playhouses. Plastic agriculture trays and flower pots. Plastic pallets, shelving and sheeting. No pvc pipe/tubing or vinyl siding.
CLICK HERE for Rigid Plastic list
- Computers/Cell Phones - All computers and computer related hardware (i.e., printers, keyboards, modems, etc.), cell phones, and cell phone batteries.
- Refrigerators/Freezers/Air Conditioners - any freon-containing appliance.
- TVs - all makes and models
- Clothing - Donate all dry, odorless textiles
Torn jeans? Stained shirt? Single sock? No problem! Drapes? Towels? Stuffed animals? They’re in demand, too. When it comes to textile donation, don’t judge. Donate all dry, odorless textiles in any clothing collection bin in Rhode Island, but keep them out of your recycling bin! Phrases like “gently used” and “clothing and shoes only” on collection bins are outdated. There is a rather elaborate, global infrastructure for the donation, repair, repurposing, reuse and -- yes -- recycling of textiles. The catch? Textiles need to be dry, odorless, free of hazardous waste (e.g., rags used for polishing, painting, etc.) and carpeting needs to stay out. That’s it, so don’t judge. In fact, 95% of the textiles dropped off in collection bins are kept from landfills in one way or another. Not only are you NOT burdening collection organizations when you donate these items, you are actually helping many of them generate much needed revenue from the sale of these materials to textile recyclers. Remember, NEVER put any textiles in your recycling bin or cart. For more information, visit www.weardonaterecycle.org.
- Mattresses/Boxsprings - A $15 charge for each item is required. Cash or check payable to Town of Glocester is accepted.
- Metals – All scrap metal, non-freon containing appliances; washers, dryers, stoves. No gas tanks, propane tanks, fence, wire or cable of any kind.
- Propane Tanks - Place NEXT to Metal Recycling Container ... DO NOT PLACE IN CONTAINER
- Light Bulbs & Ballasts - In cartons within container behind Solid Waste container.
- Automotive Oil & Filters (only) - DO NOT mix any other fluids in oil receptacle.
- Tires - All automotive and light-duty truck tires only; no heavy equipment tires or tires on rims.
There is a five dollar ($5.00) charge for each tire.
Payment in the form of cash or check, made payable to “The Town of Glocester” (effective October 18, 2014)
- Batteries - All vehicle and equipment batteries
Solid Waste Receptacles
Solid waste receptacles are located at the Solid Waste Center, to the right as you enter the Transfer Station. Regular solid waste may include:
- couches (should be cut in half);
- carpeting (should be rolled and tied).
Yard waste includes leaves and pine needles, grass clippings, and Christmas trees. NO BRUSH.
Items NOT Accepted
The items listed below are not accepted at this facility. These types of materials should be brought to the Central Landfill in Johnston or handled by a private contractor equipped for the safe disposal of said items.
- plastic bags
Plastic bags don’t belong in your recycling bin, but they don’t necessarily belong in the trash either! Every large grocery, pharmacy and big box store in RI is required by law to have a collection container for recycling plastic bags, and these collection containers are a place to recycle many other plastic films and wraps, too.
- building materials such as sheetrock, shingles, plaster, wood of any kind, asbestos
- oxygen tanks
- acetylene tanks
- nitrous oxide tanks
Go to www.rirrc.org or call (401) 942-1430 ext 775.