WHAT TO RECYCLE?

Recycling is Easy with Single Stream.  The Portsmouth Transfer Station collects Single Stream Recycling!  That means you can put all your recyclables in one bin.  Cardboard must be flattened and cannot be larger than 3’ x 5’.

Please see below for the items that are accepted for recycling. Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save!

 

PLEASE RECYCLE:

 

Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs, & Tubs

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  • Plastic Bottles and Containers (clean & empty containers with lids and caps ON), 5 gallons or less

  • Plastic Soda, Water & Drink Bottles

  • Plastic Food & Household Bottles/Jars
    (screw top bottles and jars, ex. ketchup, mayonnaise, detergent, shampoo)

  • Plastic Tubs & Lids
    (ex. yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese)

  • Plastic Produce, Deli & Bakery Containers, Cups, Trays
    (take-out containers, berries/produce containers)

Please do not include:

  • No plastic bags or plastic utensils

 

  • No Polystyrene (Styrofoam)

 

  • No bulky plastics (buckets, crates) or toys

  • No flower pots

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Glass Bottles & Jars

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  • Glass bottles and jars (empty containers with caps OFF)

  • All glass colors

 

Please do not include:

  • No windows, mirrors, or auto glass

 

  • No light bulbs (fluorescent bulbs should be disposed of properly)

  • No dishes, ceramics, or Pyrex

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Metal Cans & Aluminum

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  • Metal cans and Aluminum (empty containers)

  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans

 

  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil

Please do not include:

  • No chains, wires or hangers

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Paper & Cardboard

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  • Magazines & Catalogs

  • All newspapers & inserts

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.) & paper bags

  • Cardboard – please flatten

  • Pizza boxes – greasy ok, remove food

  • Office paper, Junk mail (Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK)

  • Brown bags

  • Phone books

  • Cartons, empty and replace cap

Please do not include:

  • No recyclables with food waste

 

  • No napkins, paper towels, tissues

  • No frozen food boxes

  • No gift wrap

  • No books (please use book bin)

  • No foam padding

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For additional information on disposal options for items such as yard waste, C&D, e-waste, appliances, and other items, please visit the Town of Portsmouth’s website.

 

Wondering if something is recyclable? Please see Rhode Island Resource Recovery’s A-Z list

More Information

For more information, please contact the Portsmouth Department of Public Works

 

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 7am to 3pm

Hedly Street Transfer Station:

Monday, Friday, Saturday - 7:30am-4pm

Tuesday, Thursday - 7:30am - 7pm

Closed Wednesdays, Sundays, and Holidays

CONTACT >

Department of Public Works
143 Hedly Street

Portsmouth RI 02871

(401) 683-0362

publicworks@portsmouthri.com

www.portsmouthri.com