Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
CCRI's Hazardous Waste collection program only accepts hazardous waste generated in the course of authorized college activities. No household hazardous waste may be brought on to college premises for disposal at college expense. Disposal of hazardous waste generated in the home is the responsibility of the homeowner. Fortunately, the state of Rhode Island has an excellent program for the proper and convenient disposal of such wastes.
The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) now conducts the state's ECO-DEPOT household hazardous waste program. RIRRC is located at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston, RI. Wastes are collected in Johnston near the Central Landfill and at other convenient locations around the state. The program is free for Rhode Island homeowners and drop-offs must be scheduled ahead of time. Only household waste from Rhode Island residents can be accepted.
Some materials accepted for disposal are aerosol cans, antifreeze, automotive batteries, fluorescent lights, lawn chemicals, mothballs, pool chemicals, propane tanks, oil-based paints, paint thinners, pesticides and herbicides. Motor oil and gasoline are not accepted.
For disposal options for fluorescent and HID lamps, view the RI DEM's Fluorescent Bulb Disposal Flyer.
To make an appointment, to get driving directions or to ask disposal questions, call the recycling hotline at 401-942-1430, extension 241 or visit the RIRRC website. Information is also available at this site for the proper disposal of home computers and cell phones.
RIRRC also enables state residents to dispose of waste without traveling to the Central Landfill through collections conducted at satellite locations in Rhode Island. Check the RIRRC schedule for future dates for collections planned at the state landfill and at convenient satellite locations. You may also use this link to schedule an appointment on-line.