Appointments recommended for the Eco-Depot

The Town of East Greenwich is hosting the Eco-Depot on Saturday, March 23, for household hazardous waste collection and shredding. In addition, you’ll be able to drop off unused and/or broken electronics and small appliances. 

The event—from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the EG Highway Garage, 2 Bear Swamp Road—is free to Rhode Island residents. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance for household hazard waste collection only. Appointments are not required for shredding or electronics drop off. Check out town flyers here: ECO DEPOT info, March 23, 2019.

While the event is free, there is a $10 charge (each) for electronics containing the coolant freon, including laser jet printers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. NOT ACCEPTED: light bulbs, single-use batteries, tapes/disks, glass, Styrofoam, broken TV tubes.

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. (Eco Depot)

Rhode Island residents who want to shred sensitive personal (i.e. not from a business) documents can bring up to two, 22-gallon recycling bins’ worth—free of charge. As a reminder, a sensitive or confidential document is one that contains a unique, identifying number that can be traced directly to a specific person, and which cannot be found readily through public searches. For example, a person’s name and address is not considered sensitive, confidential information. NOTE: once the shredding truck is full, we cannot accept further material for shredding. For this reason, shredding services are on a first come/first served basis. Also please note that shredding services are weather permitting.

Many common household items are actually household hazardous waste materials that cannot be collected through Rhode Island’s standard trash and recycling collection services. Household hazardous waste is anything labeled with a skull and crossbones, or words like “’toxic,” “poison,” “flammable,” “combustible,” etc. 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 FY 19 Eco-Depot schedule, visit www.rirrc.org/ecodepot or call 401-942-1430 x241.