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Don’t Create X-Men, Dispose of Hazardous Waste

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will host two eco-depot collections in January in Johnston.

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will host two special waste collections on site at the Central Landfill during the first month of 2013.

It's a perfect time to clear out old household waste to make room for new Christmas gifts.

These free Eco-Depot collections will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 12. Rhode Islanders are encouraged to attend the collection at the Central Landfill at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston, where RIRRC officials will accept and dispose of their household hazardous waste.

Household hazardous waste is collected separately from the state’s Central Landfill in order to protect humans, animals and the local environment. These are products that have warning labels indicating they are dangerous to human health because they are flammable, caustic, combustible or toxic.

Common household hazardous waste items include fluorescent light bulbs, oil-based paint, mercury thermometers, used motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, pool and lawn chemicals, propane tanks and pesticides.

“With the winter season well underway, we ask that all Rhode Islanders put a lid on the household hazardous waste from their fall and summer projects,” noted Joe Rotella, Special Waste Manager for RIRRC. “From paint thinner to varnishes and stains, it is important to dispose of these hazardous items properly. Eco-Depot collections provide residents the opportunity to safely rid their homes, garages and basements of any household hazardous waste. We encourage residents to take advantage of this nearby collection site.” 

This Eco-Depot collection is free and open to Rhode Island Residents only.

For those who wish to attend the Eco-Depot event an appointment must be made with Eco-Depot in advance. By making an appointment for the Eco-Depot drop off, customer wait times are kept to a minimum. To make an appointment and view the complete list of materials Eco-Depot accepts, or to see the entire 2013 Eco-Depot collection schedule visit www.ecodepotri.org or call 401.942.1430 x241.

About Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation

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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