JOHNSTON, R.I. – To assist Rhode Islanders with the safe disposal
of household hazardous waste, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (Resource
Recovery) invites residents to visit Eco-Depot on Saturday, January 20 from 8 a.m.
to 12 p.m. at Resource Recovery located at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston. Eco-Depot is
available to Rhode Island residents only, and to help reduce time spent in line,
appointments should be made in advance.
Created in 2001, the Eco-Depot program is a free service offered by Resource
Recovery that provides for the proper handling, packaging, storage, transportation
and disposal of household hazardous waste. Since its inception, Resource Recovery
has collected approximately 11.9 million pounds of household hazardous waste and
served more than 155,000 Rhode Islanders (and counting).
In addition to household hazardous waste, properly prepared sharps (i.e. needles,
lancets) are also accepted at Eco-Depot collections. For sharps to be accepted for
disposal, they must be secured either in a sharps container or a puncture-proof
plastic bleach, detergent or coffee container that is taped shut and labeled
“SHARPS.” Sharps containers prepared in this method can also be disposed of with
regular trash collection.
Many common household items are actually household hazardous waste materials that
cannot be collected through Rhode Island’s standard trash and recycling collection
services. These materials include: fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, pesticides,
oil-based paints, disinfectants, used motor oil and lawn and pool chemicals. When
not properly collected and disposed, these materials can cause harm to the local
environment by contaminating Rhode Island’s waterways. For a full list of household
hazardous waste materials, please visit www.ecodepotri.org.
This upcoming collection in Johnston is one of 46 Eco-Depot collections Resource
Recovery will provide throughout the state in 2018. To make an appointment for the
collection or to view the entire 2018 Eco-Depot schedule, visit www.ecodepotri.org
or call 401-942-1430 x241.