Newport's Clean City Program Sponsors Recycling Day for Hard-to-Recycle Items
The Newport Public Services Department's Clean City Program would like invite residents to recycle electronic waste, plastics, Styrofoam, clothing & household items, books, bicycles, cooking oil and shred sensitive documents, purchase recycling bins at a discounted rate, purchase a compost bin and enjoy a free cup of coffee courtesy of Tim Hortons of Middletown during the Clean City Program's Fall Recycling Day. The event will be in the Easton's Beach east parking lot on Saturday, November 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is sponsored by the City of Newport's Clean City Program.
This event will accept the following items for recycling:
- Paper shredding service (paper will be recycled): Newport area residents are invited to bring up to four banker size boxes of paper to be shredded. Residents may bring their documents in any type of carrying container but must stay within the four banker box limit. Files can be left in manila file folders and hanging files. Staples and paper clips are also acceptable to leave in your files. Residents will be served on a first come, first serve basis. Once the truck is full, we will not be able to take additional documents for shredding. If you do not wish to keep your cardboard box, it will be recycled through the City of Newport.
- Electronic waste: Computers/CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, scanners, televisions, laptops, fax machines, modems, routers, VCRs, DVD players, miscellaneous computer parts and wires, digital cameras, cell phones & accessories and more. No freon bearing items such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and large metal items such as washers and dryers.
- Rigid plastics not normally collected in the curbside recycling program: #3-7 plastics, plastic toys, buckets, milk & soda crates, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, landscape items such as edging, microwave trays, plastic totes, plastic drums (food grade only, no chemical containers), pet carriers, plastic pallets, coolers, shelving, closet organizers, dish drainers, flower pots (no soil), garbage cans, recycling bins, waste baskets, 5 gallon water bottles. All plastic items brought for recycling must be clean and free of any wood, metal, glass, wires or batteries.
- Styrofoam (polystyrene) – All Styrofoam packaging, food trays, coffee cups and packing peanuts will be accepted. Tape, labels and food particles must be removed. Please make sure that all food trays display the recycle symbol displaying the 6 in the triangle with PS below it. No compostable trays or packing peanuts that are not Styrofoam will be accepted. Plastic utensils will also be collected, but must be packaged separately and rinsed.
- Big Sisters of RI accepts "gently used" items such as: anything made of cloth - clothing for all ages and genders; and sheets, towels, curtains, blankets, area rugs, table linens, throw pillows, etc. as well as unusable clothing/fabric . Household items - home décor, kitchen items such as plates, glasses, vases, etc . Books, toys, games, stuffed animals, etc. Small appliances and electronics in good working order, such as blenders, mixers, radios, etc. NO car seats, cribs, electronics (computers, TVs, etc), broken items, magazines, newspapers, books without covers, plants, mattresses, water heaters, tires, car parts, lawnmowers, wall-to-wall carpeting, building materials or health care equipment.
- Reading Tree: Books (hardcover, paperback, any age - child or adult), DVDs, VHS tapes. NO magazines, phonebooks, catalogs, or books that have mold or mildew.
- Bicycles/bikes: working and "salvageable" bicycles will be accepted for recycling. The East Bay Met School refurbishes bicycles. Students learn mechanics & go for bike rides. The bikes are also used in a program that works in conjunction with the Newport Heights Boys and Girls Club. Local children also earn free bikes by taking one of our 6-hour introductory bike maintenance and safety classes.
- Cooking oil: Newport Biodiesel will be accepting all vegetable cooking oil for recycling. The oil is recycled into biodiesel for vehicles and home heating oil.
The first 100 people to recycle something or purchase a recycling bin or compost bin during the event will receive a reusable coffee mug courtesy of Tim Hortons of Middletown. Event attendees that do not receive a reusable mug will still be able to enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or hot chocolate, also courtesy of Tim Hortons of Middletown. Mugs and refreshments will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
This event is NOT the Eco Depot collection for hazardous waste, therefore, items such as paints, fluorescent bulbs and other hazardous waste will NOT be collected at this event.
"It's time to take a good look at your basements and storage areas," said Kristin Littlefield, the City of Newport's Clean City Coordinator. "The City of Newport's Fall Recycling Day will give you the opportunity to clean out some of your unwanted items that you didn't know what to do with or didn't want to throw away."
The Clean City Program will also be selling recycling bins at a discounted rate of $5 per pair and the Earth Machine compost bin for just $45 each (retails at over $100). This discounted rate will only be valid during the event to Newport residents on a first come, first serve basis. Please bring a check for payment and proof of Newport residency. Cash will not be accepted. Visit www.earthmachine.com for details on the compost bin and what to compost. Compost bins are also available for purchase at the Clean City Program office during normal office hours and recycling bins are available for $8 each or $15 for a pair at City Hall during normal business hours.
Residents may also turn in their old or broken recycling bins at this event. Any condition of bin may be dropped off for recycling. Recycling bins are also available at City Hall in the Collections Office located on the first floor during normal business hours.
The Spring & Fall Recycling Days, since 2008, have recycled more than 50,000 pounds of material.
For more information about the Fall Recycling Day contact the Clean City Program at 845-5613 or visit www.cityofnewport.com/cleancity.