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Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) to Host Eco-Depot Collection on December 3
JOHNSTON, R.I. (November 23, 2016) – Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
(RIRRC) invites Rhode Island residents to safely dispose of their lingering
household hazardous waste on Saturday, December 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at
Eco-Depot located at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston. This collection is available free of
charge 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 10.6 million pounds of household hazardous waste and
served more than 148,000 Rhode Islanders.
In addition to household hazardous waste, properly prepared sharps (i.e. needles,
lancets) will also be accepted at this Eco-Depot collection. 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.
“We’re making it easy for Rhode Islanders to dispose of their household hazardous
waste,” said Joe Rotella, Special Waste Manager for Resource Recovery. “We hope
residents will join us in creating safer homes and a healthier environment for all
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.
To make an appointment for the collection or to view the entire 2016 Eco-Depot
schedule, visit www.ecodepotri.org
or call 401-942-1430 x241.