What can I recycle in Providence's Big Green Can curbside recycling program?
With the new RecycleTogether http://recycletogetherri.org/ program, even more materials can be recycled, and they don't have to be separated into separate containers.
In addition to being able to recycle all plastic containers smaller than 2 gallons, you can now mix your recyclables together. In the Big Green Can, recycle your clean paper, clean cardboard, plastic containers smaller than 2 gallons, glass bottles, aluminum and tin cans. Check out www.recycletogetherri.org http://recycletogetherri.org/ for all of the details.
Using the Big Green Can for recycling will save the city money, give residents adequate space to recycle all of the new materials, and will help reduce litter from wind blown recyclables.
What are the new plastics that can be recycled in the Big Green Can?
All small household plastic containers can now be recycled, not just plastic bottles and jugs. Examples of other small household plastic containers include:
What should I avoid putting in the Big Green Can?
Never discard any of these items in the Big Green Can:
What happens when residents put the wrong items in the recycling bin?
The Materials Recycling Facility can manage an item or two incorrectly placed in the container, but when too much trash ends up mixed in it contaminates the recyclable materials. That means the city has to treat the whole load of materials as if it were trash. It also means the City gets charged for the whole load being trashed, and we have to spend more tax dollars to throw away all of those materials. That's why recycling only works when everyone does their part.
Disposing of trash in the Big Green Can can result in a minimum fine of $50 to the property owner.
Do I need to flatten cardboard boxes still?
Yes. Please do continue to flatten your boxes as you did before. That helps to save room in the recycling truck so we don't need to make extra trips back to the neighborhood, and it helps things go smoothly at the Materials Recycling Facility. You don't need to worry about folding cardboard to a smaller size anymore. Just make sure it is flattened and can fit inside the Big Green Can with the lid closed.
What size is the new gray trash cart?
All residents will receive a 65-gallon cart. 65-gallon carts have the capacity to hold approximately five kitchen sized trash bags. 65-gallon carts are 40 inches high and 26 inches wide.
What if I have more trash than can fit in my trash cart?
Any item that does not fit in your City issued trash cart is considered a bulky item and must be scheduled for pick up.
How do I arrange for a bulky item pick up?
You can have large, bulky items (i.e. couches, appliances, large toys, mattresses and TV's) picked up for free, except mattresses, by following these easy steps:
I need a new gray trash barrel. How do I get one?
Contact the Department of Public Works at 401-467-7950.
Will my trash be picked up if I don't put recycling out?
The City has a "No Bin, No Barrel" policy. If you do not put out recycling, you run the risk of not having your trash collected.
How do I prepare my carts for weekly set-out?
You may put your carts to the curb after 4:00pm on the day preceding your collection day. Place carts no more than three feet from the street and at least three feet apart from each other and away from obstacles such as mailboxes and telephone poles. Cart handles and wheels should be facing the house and arrows on the lid should face the street. The lid to the cart must close tightly, and no material may be sticking out of the carts. By midnight of your collection day, the carts must be removed from the curb and stored in an area that is not viewable from the street.
How do I dispose of yard debris?
Curbside leaf and yard waste service is offered from mid-April to mid-December only.
Leaves and all other yard debris must be labeled and placed in paper bags or put out in open barrels clearly labeled YARD WASTE. Please leave these items out on your trash day. Tree branches must be bundled together and be cut down to less than 4 ft. Never dispose of leaf and yard waste in the Big Green Can recycling cart.
Where do I find out how to dispose of other items?
The Recyclopedia http://recyclopedia.net/?content=guide&siteid=136 is a comprehensive A-Z listing of materials and instructions on proper recycling and disposal. Recyclopedia http://recyclopedia.net/?content=guide&siteid=136 is complete with links to the resources you need to responsibly manage your waste, protect the environment and increase the life of our Central Landfill.
What can I do about rats in the neighborhood and in my trash?
It is important to keep the lids down on trash cans to keep rodents out. You can report rodent sightings to the Department of Public Works at (401) 467-7950. Once a report has been made, the owner of the property must sign a consent form. The department will then start the baiting process.
Why wasn't my trash picked up?
The proper way to dispose of trash is to have all trash bins in one area with the lids fully closed. All trash bins must be City-issued gray carts and be accompanied by a Big Green Can recycling cart.
Never leave bagged or loose trash outside of or next to the gray trash cart. Keeping the lids on the cans fully shut helps keep rodents away.
Residents must schedule an appointment for the collection of bulky items (furniture), mattresses, and electronic waste. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-972-4545 at least 24 hours before your regularly scheduled trash day. There is a 3 item limit per unit.
Materials such as paint (except when cans are mostly empty), sheet rock, and wood are not permitted in household trash. A small amount of household renovation or construction debris is permitted as part of personal home improvement projects. Projects involving the use of a contractor require the contracting of a dumpster.