Never put plastic bags or bags of bags into your recycling cart. All recycled goods should be loose in the recycling cart and all plastic bags should be thrown into the TRASH.

What to put into your recycling cart and great recycling guidelines please click on the link:  or check the A to Z item list: AtoZ


Look at what can be recycled at the DPW:  

  • White Goods (Refer to Highway Division)
  • Yard Waste
  • Cardboard: is a great resource and can be dropped off free at the DPW instead of being thrown into the landfill.
  • Hard Plastics: Plastic buckets, crates, laundry baskets, plastic patio furniture, plastic shelving can be dropped off free at DPW and recycled instead of filling the landfill.
  • Scrap metal: Drop off free at DPW for recycling or call 822-9226 to schedule a pick up.

  • Tire Disposal:  Both tires and rims can be dropped off at the DPW, $2 fee per tire.  Please call the Public Works Department at 822-9226. 

  • Oil Disposal: Used motor oil can be dropped off at the Town garage located at 10 Junior Street. You must stop at the office and fill out a certification form and then you will be directed to the oil "igloo" for disposal.
  • Paint:  household paint-drop off for free in our paint pod.
  • Electronics:  ALL ELECTRONICS including TV's and computers: drop off for free in the electronics pod. Please refer to the Recycling Electronics page for a list of accepted materials.

Cleaning house? Here is a list of locations where you can recycle your items for a great cause rather than throwing them out as trash directly into the landfill:

-The Salvation Army: Accepts gently used items such as clothing, furniture, working appliances, accessories and toys. The Salvation Army also collects all clean textiles. If you have old rags, sheets, blankets, and clothing that is not usable or wearable, The Salvation Army will recycle those textiles.

-Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center: You can support the mentoring programs in RI simply by passing along gently used clothing, shoes, and a variety of small household items that you no longer need. Donated items are resold to the retail thrift store SAVERS to generate funding for the mentoring programs. They offer free home pickups, and drop off centers . A tax receipt will be provided for you. Please call 401-921-2434 for more information.

-West Warwick Library: Have you just finished a good book or have a wonderful collection you don't need anymore? Donate your books to the West Warwick Public Library. They do accept both soft and hard covered books however they  must be in great condition please. (If your books are moldy or ruined, they can be recycled in your recycling bin. Just tear off any hard covers and throw that into your trash first, and the rest of the book can be fully recycled.) DVD and CD's can also be donated to the library allowing others to take advantage of great entertainment for free!! 

-Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island: Goodwill provides great charitable work for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. They do accept many items for sale and recycling including electronics ,computer  equipment, small household appliances, clothing, accessories (belts, shoes etc.) textiles (bedding, blankets), and small toys. Items must be dry and odor free. For more information contact 401-861-2080 or visit their webpage at 


 Information for Misc. items:

Holiday Wrapping Paper and Gift Boxes: In order to make it convenient to recycle this material, you may place your Holiday wrapping paper folded flat and placed into your recycling bin. Gift boxes and small cardboard boxes can also be broken down for your recycling bin.. So when you are sitting by the tree unwrapping gifts, instead of filling a plastic bag with the excess wrapping paper fold it up flat  to put in your recycling bin.  Please do not use yard waste bags for your Christmas paper. Large cardboard boxes that do not fit into your bin can be  dropped off in the cardboard dumpster at the  Dept. of Public Works on 10 Junior Street.

  • Christmas Tree Collection: Christmas tree collection will start the first week of the new year and will continue until the end of January. They must be placed curbside no later than 7:00 AM. Please remove all artificial decorations such as tinsel, garland, plastic ornaments, lights, and bulbs. Please do not put trees in plastic bags, and please no artificial trees.
  • Paper Shredding: Here are a few vendors to contact for shredding: Shred 'n' Go 401-943-0522, Shred Fast 401-490-0708, Shred-it Providence 401-383-8866
  • Styrofoam "Peanuts":  please call ahead: Pak Mail, 70 Frenchtown Rd, N.Kingstown, 401-885-6245  The UPS Store #0432, 400 Putnam Pike, St J, Smithfield Commons, 401-231-0320
  • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal: Hazardous waste will not be picked up as part of your curbside collection. Residents must contact Eco-Depot at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation at 942-1430, ext. 241 to schedule an appointment for waste disposal. Please see the "How to dispose of Hazardous Waste " page.  For more information, visit RIRRC's website