We all know we shouldn't toss our used fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers, used motor oil, antifreeze and other hazardous household waste out in the kitchen trash can – but where are we supposed to dispose of them?
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) is hosting a free Eco-Depot collection on Sept. 8 for all Rhode Island residents to dispose of special hazardous waste from their homes. The special collection will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the .
RIRRC collects household hazardous waste separately from the state's central landfill in Johnston in order to protect humans, animals and the local environment. Such waste has warning labels indicating they are dangerous to human health because they are either flammable, caustic, combustible or toxic – including gasoline, pool and lawn chemicals, propane tanks, oil-based paint, pesticides and more.
“Summer is a great time for home renovations and repairs, but much of the waste we produce from these projects can be hazardous,” 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.”
According to RIRRC, there are six Eco-Depot collections scheduled this year, including the one in North Kingstown. An additional six collections will be held at the state's Central Landfill Complex in Johnston.
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 2012 Eco-Depot collection schedule visit www.ecodepotri.org or call 401.942.1430 x241.