Collection provides safe disposal of household hazardous waste
West Greenwich, R.I. (August 19, 2013) – In an effort to promote a safer home and a cleaner state, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will be hosting a free Eco-Depot collection at the West Greenwich Town Hall, August 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich. Eco-Depot is a service for Rhode Island residents only. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance.
Eco-Depot is a free service provided by RIRRC that allows for the proper handling, packaging, storing, transportation and disposal of household hazardous wastes. In 2012 alone, RIRRC disposed of approximately 932,914 pounds of hazardous waste and kept 2,226 pounds of mercury out of the state’s soil and ground water, all at no cost to Rhode Island residents.
“Summer is a great time for residents to dispose of household hazardous materials, freeing up valuable space around the home,” said Joe Rotella, Special Waste Manager for RIRRC. “Getting rid of these materials is a great way to free up space around the house and provide a safe environment for you and your family. Simply make an appointment and our trained staff will be ready for your drop-off upon arrival.”
Common household hazardous waste materials include fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, pesticides, oil-based paint, used motor oil and lawn and pool chemicals. When not properly collected and disposed, household hazardous waste products 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.
This upcoming collection in West Greenwich is one of 42 Eco-Depot collections available throughout the state in 2013. To make an appointment for the collection or to view the entire 2013 Eco-Depot 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.