Town of CumberlandTrash
& Recycling Department
Donna Kaehler, Recycling Coordinator
Correct recycling cart placement
placement of the recycling cart is key. View how the automated
truck picks up these containers, you’ll understand why.
Video of Curbside replacement
Spring Curbside Yard Waste Collection Has Begun! April 15
- June 15, 2013
To see recycling
and waste reduction ideas, visit the new edition of Recycling
Holiday Trash Schedule
Cumberland is making changes to recycle
more and reduce the amount of trash our community generates.
Your help is needed, but together we can easily accomplish this!
recycling carts for “RECYCLE NOW” have started. Many residents
Why do I have this cart?
Cumberland is automating their recycling collection, and
residents must use this container to have their recycling picked
up by the automated truck.
Why are we automating recycling?
To make recycling easier for our residents and for
Cumberland to recycle more than ever before.
1. Larger containers give resident room
for all recycling they generate – no more having to throw away
recycling because the bin was full.
2. Closed containers keep all recycling in
the container—let’s keep paper or plastic from blowing through
3. Save our town money – Curbside
recycling is one easy way to generate revenue for our
community. All the resident have to do, is sort the recycling
from trash and put into these wheeled containers -- and the
savings add up quickly.
a). All recyclables are brought to our
state landfill with no tipping fees; unfortunately trash
brought to the landfill costs us taxpayers $32 per ton.
b). Cumberland is awarded a yearly
recycling profit share. The more our community recycles, the
bigger our share.
Is this container just for
Only recycling goes into this cart. Now instead of
putting your recycling in the blue and green bins, you put in
this wheeled cart. Residents can mix all their recycling
together, but must not mix trash with recycling.
Should recycling be loose or can it
be in plastic bags in the cart? Loose. Recycling
cannot be in plastic bags for the sorting process to take place
at our state recycling center. Also remember to keep different
materials separate, such as a glass jar with a metal lid.
Recycle both, but keep the lid off the jar so it can be sorted
What container do I use for my
must not be placed in the recycling cart. Residents should
continue to use their own containers for trash collection.
Why should we sort recycling from
materials such as tin cans, paper etc. have a resale value and
can be sold and reused if can be collected. While our state
landfill can sort recyclables into 13 different materials, it
can NOT sort trash from the mix. Sorting has to be done
before trash and recycling get mixed together to be
utilized. This is why each household has to have two containers,
one for recycling and one for trash, and also why we send two
separate trucks, one to collect recycling only and one to
collect trash only each week to your house.
When will I get my cart?
Delivery is being done by one route at a time. To complete
the whole community is expected to take weeks. Residents should
continue to use their old curbside blue and green recycle bin
until the 64 gallon cart arrives.
When do I start using this cart?
Immediately. You will use this container on your next
Do I have to worry how heavy the
container might be?
No. The new system is automated, meaning we are now having a
machine to pick-up and empty the cart. So go ahead and add as
much recycling as fits into the container.
Where do I place the cart on the
curb? You will place the cart in your usual spot
for recycling collection. For ease of empting, please make
1. There is a 3 foot clearance around the recycle cart.
2. The arrows on the lids face the street.
3. Place no further than 2 feet back from the curb.
What do I do with the old curbside
recycling bins? If
the resident want to get rid of their old blue & green recycle
bins, Coastal will be picking them up -- date to be
determined. Bins in any condition will be accepted for
collection and will be reused or recycled.
Who owns these carts?
Coastal Recycling owns these carts, not the resident.
They cannot be removed from the property. Residents cannot mark
or alter the carts. For any concerns regarding the cart,
contact Coastal directly at 800-266-3188.
THREE EASY WAYS TO REDUCE TRASH
Recycle All You Can
Ask, Don’t Just Trash
Use Community Drop Off
RECYCLE ALL YOU CAN
- Curbside recycling has never been easier with our new
Island’s statewide recycling program.
Plastic Containers: All plastic containers under 2 gallon
size can now be recycled. Don’t worry about the little triangles
or numbers, if it is smaller than 2 gallons, just recycle it.
This includes yogurt cups, margarine tubs, egg cartons and
plastic take out containers. Just rinse and put in the recycle
bin. For a complete list of items visit:
Paper & Cardboard Boxes: Now larger boxes, up to 4 feet in
length, can be collected. Just flatten and place between recycle
bins. No more twining or taping together - loose is best.
Recyclables in One Container: Now households just need two
containers; one for trash but only one for recycling. Mix all
your paper, cardboard and containers in the one recycle
container, no more sorting!
DON’T JUST TRASH
- Trash reduction begins BEFORE you put an
item in the trash can. Determine if the item can go in your
recycle bin or be recycled beyond the curbside program. Every
item kept out of the trash can, stays out of the landfill. Not
sure, just call, email or see below.
USE COMMUNITY DROP OFFS
– Recycling does not stop with our curbside
collection program. There are so many more ways to recycle even
more. Just drop off these additional items as you go through
WEEKLY CURDSIDE TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION
All trash MUST be in cans or bags- please no loose trash.
Place containers curbside no earlier than 4 pm one day
prior to collection and no later than 7 am on your collection
Trash amounts for an average family of four – should not
be more than one 36 gallon can weekly.
Have more trash than that? Feel free to call for suggestions on
ways to reduce.
Residents should continue to use the curbside blue or green
recycle bin until the new program takes effect.
Unlimited amounts of recyclables are accepted weekly.
All recycling should be LOOSE in your bin. Do NOT place
in plastic bags.
Many more recyclable can now go right in the
recycle bin— go to
for a complete list.
SPECIAL CURBSIDE COLLECTIONS
Bulky items are
considered a furniture item such as a couch, table or chair
Construction debris, mattresses, TVs, e-waste or
appliances is not included in this collection.
One bulky item is permitted weekly.
Consider donating if item is still usable.
Call Coastal Recycling to schedule pick-up at 769-1900.
White goods are large appliances: stove,
refrigerator, water heaters, etc.
White goods are collected every Wednesday.
Call Coastal Recycling @ 769-1900 to schedule a pick-up.
Smaller appliances such as a microwave, toasters or
anything with a cord should be taken to the Kent Street garage.
Yard waste is
defined as vegetation, grass, leaves, weeds and small branches
smaller than 3 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter. NO
stones, dirt, or trash can be mixed in.
Weekly segregated collection: Spring collection
from April 15 – June 15. Fall collections from
Oct. 15 – Dec.
Place in brown compostable yard waste bags.
Residents are limited to 8 brown bags weekly.
COMMUNITY DROP- OFF LOCATIONS
Recycle even more items by using area drop-offs.
KENT STREET GARAGE
37 Blackstone Street
Hours Monday - Friday 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
TV’s- All sizes are accepted free of charge.
Computers & e-waste – computers, scanners,
printers, copiers, cell phones, computer parts, etc.
Electrical items - any item with a cord.
Only these items can be accepted. Anything else will be
considered illegal dumping.
CUMBERLAND AREA DROP-OFFS
CLOTHING/SHOES/FABRIC – can be dropped in the
white Kiducation Boxes located at Town Hall, BF Norton School,
Ashton School & Garvin Memorial School.
HARD COVERED BOOKS – can also go in the Kiducation
boxes listed above.
PLASTIC BAGS – clean plastic shopping bags and all
thin stretchable plastic bags can be recycled by placing the
restore containers located in a variety of retail stores. Also
recycle bread bags, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaner bags, bubble
wrap, pellet bags, wrapping from bottled water cases and paper
towels. Just remove any labels, food crumbs or zipper
closures. Please do NOT put in the curbside bin.
HOW DO I DISPOSE ?
COOKING OIL - Bring to RI
Resource Recovery in Johnston.
Construction debris is considered wood, sheet rock, toilets,
windows, tiles etc. This material cannot be collected in the
weekly residential collection. Residents can dispose of this
item for a fee at RI Resource Recovery or at area transfer
CHRISTMAS TREES- Real trees
and wreaths free of tinsel, ornaments, wire or bags can be
brought to Tucker Field, Kent Street Garage or Northern Garage
during the month of January for composting. Trees are not
collected curbside and will not be put in the trash.
FLOURESCENT LIGHT BULBS –
CFL’s are considered hazardous and can be brought to an Eco-
Depot collection. They are also accepted at many Lowes and Home
Depot stores by the customer service desk.
HAZARDOUS ITEMS - Oil based
paints/stains, pool chemicals, propane tanks are considered
hazardous and are not collected in the weekly trash. RIRRC
offers many Eco-Depot collections throughout the state. Go to
www.rirrc.org.eco-depot or call 942-1430 x 241 for
collection dates and accepted items.
MEDICAL SHARPS- All medical
sharps should be placed in thick plastic container, such as an
old laundry detergent container. Secure with cover and then
tape, and put in your TRASH can—do not place in recycling.
PAINTS & STAINS – Latex
paints/stains are environmentally friendly and empty cans with
cover off, can go right in the recycle bin. Cans of latex
paint, must be hardened with cover off container and then can go
in your weekly trash. Latex paints will be marked as clean up
with soap and water only. Any other cleaning agent needed,
means it is considered hazardous and must be handled as
RIGID PLASTIC – Can be
recycled by bring to the landfill, RIRRC during normal business
TIRES - Local tires business
will accept tires for a nominal fee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Why should I
recycle? Recycling is the easiest way to divert items out of
your weekly trash. Recycling is collected curbside on the same
day as your trash—all you have to do is take all your
recyclables and place in the recycle bin. By simply doing that
you save disposal costs. Our community is charged tipping fees
for each ton of trash we send to our landfill, but the tipping
fee for recycling is zero!
Where is the
state landfill? RI Resource Recovery is located at 65 Shun Pike
Johnston RI, which is exit 5 off 295 South. Hours of operation
are Monday – Friday 6 am – 3:30 pm, and Saturday 6 am – 12 pm.