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Trees are not picked up at the curb, but can be dropped off
during the month of January at the locations below:
Kent Street Garage – 37 Blackstone Street
Tucker Field – Mendon Road
Northern Garage – Nate Whipple Highway
Please make sure all trees are totally natural – we are chipping
the trees and turning them into compost. Remove all
ornaments, tinsel and lights and do NOT bring them wrapped in
our Streets Clean
Households are reminded, only put items that are accepted
in the trash or recycling program out at your curb.
Unfortunately, items we cannot collect will be left. If
an item is still on your property after the trash and recycling
are collected, quickly remove it from the curb. This is
1. Creates a danger to our snowplow drivers and others using the
2. Is a violation of town ordinance.
3. Detracts from our community’s beauty.
Mattresses, box springs, construction debris, hazardous items,
TV’s & computer items, large glass or furniture items CANNOT be
See below or call for proper disposal methods.
Seasonal Events & Dates
*January 1st – February 1st –
Live Christmas Tree Drop-Off Dates
Kent St. Garage –
Tucker Field –
Northern Garage –
Please remember, all trees will be composted and must not be in
and free of decorations & tinsel.
*January 19th , 2015, Monday –
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
No Collections Today.
Trash & recycling will be postponed by one day for the week.
*January 24th , Saturday – RIRRC
Eco- Depot Event - 8 am – Noon.
Shun Pike, Johnston RI.
See below for details of what is considered hazardous waste and
*February 16th , 2015, Monday –
Is NOT a trash holiday.
Regular trash & recycling will take place today.
*February 7th 2015 , Saturday – RIRRC
Eco- Depot Event - 8 am – Noon.
Shun Pike, Johnston RI.
See below for details of what is considered hazardous waste and
*March 21st , Saturday – CUMBERLAND
is hosting an Eco- Depot Event
Highway Garage @ the Monastery – 1464 Diamond Hill Rd.
More details to follow.
Keep current with upcoming events, new information and
tips. Click on the newest edition of Recycling News below.
Want to add your email to receive future newsletters and
waste collection updates? Send your email address to
Trash Holiday Schedule
Trash or recycling will not be collected on trash holidays.
Collections will be delayed one day. Click below for the list
of holidays effecting trash collection.
Want to be reminded of holidays that affect our trash collection
schedule, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to
keep up to date.
Mattress Collection Changes
Mattresses & box springs are not accepted in the weekly
town trash collection. Below are some ways to dispose of this
removal of old items with local stores when purchasing a new
mattress or box spring.
Curbside pick-up. This can
be arranged through Ace Mattress, who will pick up every Monday,
(Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) for a fee of $20 per piece.
Call Ace directly @ 640-2725 to schedule an appointment.
Payment would be made directly to Ace Mattress, in the form of
credit card, check or cash.
Drop Off Directly. If
a resident can bring their mattresses or box springs to an area
recycler, the disposal fee is reduced.
Ace Mattress Recycling in West Warwick charges
$10 per item.
Call 640-2725 to schedule a drop-off time.
RI Resource Recovery Corporation, 65 Shun Pike, Johnston RI fee
is $15 per item.
Hours: Monday – Friday 6 am – 3:45 pm & Saturday 6 am –
PLEASE NOTE: for health reasons, Ace Mattress requires that all
mattresses be dry, free of bodily fluids, and bed bugs. If not,
residents will be required to have the item wrapped in large
plastic bags offered by Ace at an additional charge of $7.50 per
Programs & Additional Ways to Recycle
Cumberland wants to keep all that can be recycled or diverted
out of our municipal trash. Use these additional programs to
help reach that goal!
RECYCLING Paint Now Offered at Some Retail Stores.
for a way to properly dispose and recycle leftover paints or
stains? Residents can now take up to 5 gallons at a time to area
RI has started a Product Stewardship program for paint disposal.
Some local paint stores have decided they will now take back
accepted paints to give residents a more convenient way to
handle this waste.
Permitted paints are interior & exterior architectural coatings
sold in containers of 5 gallons or less. House paint & primers,
stains, and varnishes are included in this program, but spray
paints, solvents, and marine paints are not.
Program information and participating retailers are available at
Use the SMALL VEHICLE AREA at our state landfill.
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.
65 Shun Pike. Johnston, RI 02919 . 401.942.1430
Normal Hours of Operation: Mon
- Fri: 6:00am - 3:45pm, Sat: 6:00am - 12:00pm
RI Resource Recovery has a Small Vehicle Disposal Area where
residents are welcome to bring many items that our community
This disposal area offers easy access to recycling and disposal
for individuals and small businesses. Off-loading for disposal
is self-serve, although an attendant will be available to assist
Some items accepted at the Small Vehicle Area are listed below.
Large amounts of cardboard - up to 6' x 6'
Plastics (bulky & rigid) - Examples: plastic buckets, milk
crates, kitty litter baskets, lawn furniture, pet carriers,
toys & playhouses, laundry baskets, trash/recycling bins,
pallets and shelving
FOR A FEE:
Clean Wood - $20/ton ($20 minimum)
Scrap Metal - Depends on % metal content (potentially FREE)
Tires - $7/each ($75/each, oversized)
Trash & Construction Debris - $75/ton ($23 minimum)
Use our Community Drop-Off Locations.
KENT STREET GARAGE
37 Blackstone Street
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
Items accepted at this location are:
All sizes are accepted free of charge.
Computers & E-waste –
computers, scanners, printers, copiers, cell phones, computer
Electrical items -
any item with a cord.
Please drop only items we can accept. Anything else will be
considered illegal dumping.
CLOTHING & TEXTILE BOXES
Boxes located at Town Hall, Ashton School, BF Norton School &
Don’t throw away unwanted clothing & textiles – recycle instead!
As long as the items are clean and dry, they can go into these
boxes. All clothing, even pieces with stains or missing buttons
can be reused or repurposed. Un-wearable items are made into
rags, stuffing and even insulation.
clothing of all types; coats/hats/gloves;
bedding/pillows/blankets; curtains; undergarments; boots/flip
flops/slippers; cleats/shin guards; purses/backpacks/belts;
stuffed animals/dolls; scrap fabrics.
PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING
is Rhode Island’s plastic bag recycling program. RI is the
first in the nation to provide comprehensive plastic bag
recycling, starting in 2005. Plastic
bags are NOT placed in your recycling bin.
Bring to the blue ReStore containers located in most RI
supermarkets, big-box retailers and pharmacies.
Dry cleaning bags
Shrink wrap from cases of beverages
Paper towel and toilet paper overwrap
Airpacks (from shipped packages)
Attend a Hazardous Waste (Eco- Depot) Event.
Our state landfill offers numerous events to safely dispose of
hazardous waste. RI residents are welcome to attend any of
these free collection events in our state.
For a complete list of what is considered hazardous, click here:
RIRRC Eco-Depot Brochure
For a list of dates and locations for the events, click
2015 Eco-Depot Schedule
WEEKLY CURBSIDE TRASH & RECYCLING PROGRAM
Follow these guidelines below to assure your items can be
TRASH COLLECTION GUIDELINES:
All trash MUST be in cans or bags - please no loose trash. Weekly
accepted trash amounts are limited to four (4) 36 gallon trash
cans or bags.
Residents are reminded if yard waste is put curbside during the
non- segregated season, yard waste is included in the trash
The haulers will take all household trash first, and then
collect yard waste, but only up to the 4 can limit.
Trash collection in our community is a manual collection,
meaning men still pick up your trash. Please be aware that
trash bags or cans cannot weigh more than 35 pounds each.
We recommend a trash can size of 36 gallons. Using a larger can
might hamper your trash from being partially or completely
Place containers curbside no earlier than 4 pm one day prior to
collection and no later than 7 am. on your collection day.
Trash amounts for an average family of four – should not be more
than one 36 gallon can weekly. Does your family seem to have
more trash than this? Feel free to call for suggestions on
ways to reduce.
RECYCLING COLLECTION GUIDELINES:
Cumberland is now using the automated recycling carts. Please
make sure your cart can be collected with the automated arm and
1 . place recycling cart so there is a 3 foot clearance ALL
around the container.
2. make sure cart is NOT overloaded—lid must be closed.
3. place cart no further than 2 feet back from the road.
4. do NOT comingle with non-recyclables. If trash, plastic
bags, construction debris and hazardous waste are also in your
cart -- unfortunately the whole container will be left.
DON’T BAG RECYCALES:
All recycling should be LOOSE in your bin. Do NOT place in
plastic bags. Shredded paper is the ONLY item we accept in
doubled clear or translucent plastic bags.
WHAT GETS RECYCLED?
Many more recyclables can now go in the recycle bin— go to
for a complete list.
SPECIAL CURBSIDE COLLECTIONS
These items get collected with our trash collection and MUST be
allowed in this method of disposal.
(Bulky items are considered a furniture item such as a couch,
table or chair etc.)
Construction debris, TVs, e-waste, appliances or hazardous items
are not included in this collection.
This collection is limited to one bulky item per week.
Plan ahead if you are moving out or cleaning out – see below.
OTHER DISPOSAL OPTIONS:
Consider donating items is still usable.
COUCHES & RECLINERS:
Couch and recliners are accepted with these guidelines.
Sleep sofas must have the mattress removed. The couch can
be collected as your one bulky item for the week, but the
mattress must be disposed in the separate mattress program
Pop out foot rests must be off the item. If attached,
this item can damage the collection truck.
Please be mindful of weather. Bulky items that are
soaking wet or covered with rain or snow will be too heavy for
our hauling crew to pick up.
Have your recycling cart also at your curb. Remember,
Cumberland has a No Bin, No Barrel policy stating you
must have recycling out to have any trash collected.
WHITE GOODS: White
goods are large metal appliances: stove, refrigerator, water
heaters, gas grills etc.
White goods are collected every Wednesday.
Call Waste Haulers @ 943-6503 to schedule a pick-up.
Smaller appliances such as a microwave, dehumidifier 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. 15.
Place in brown compostable yard waste bags.
Residents are limited to 8 brown bags weekly.
MOVING-OUT or CLEANING-OUT?
Residents are reminded the weekly trash limits still apply. The
town will not come to properties and collect unlimited
amounts of trash. To reduce trash amounts on move-out day, some
donating useable household items to organizations. Many will
come and pick up at your house and give tax donation
ahead—the town policy is ONE bulky item per week. Plan ahead if
you are disposing of more items.
below for hazardous waste collection schedules. Items that are
hazardous will not be taken in the trash. Residents can
bring to any Saturday morning collection throughout our state
and dispose for FREE.
with any questions – 728-2400 x 155.
MOVING-IN to CUMBERLAND?
New residents during their final walk through should check that
a recycling cart has been left on the property. Each house has
been delivered a cart for recyclables, but these STAY with the
property when ownership changes. Avoid any confusion or cost by
making sure the previous owner has properly left the cart.
MULTI- UNIT PROPERTIES
The Town of Cumberland offers weekly trash & recycling service
to 1 - 4 unit properties. We ask landlords to understand and
inform your tenants what is permitted in the weekly
collections. (Click above for more detailed information.)
RECYCLE CARTS STAY @ THE PROPERTY
households have been issued a wheeled recycle cart with a
tracking serial number. The property owner is responsible to
make sure this cart STAYS at
the assigned property.
Replacements are very expensive. This cost is $60 for a new
cart or $25 for a used cart (if we have some available).
do not leave the cart can be charged fee to replace them.
make sure you do not become responsible to replace this cart.
Check to see that a recycle cart has been left at your property
before you move in.
Collection Larger RECYCLE Carts *****************
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 to recycle more than
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 the streets.
3. Save our town money – Curbside recycling is one easy way to
generate revenue for our community. If our residents will just
sort recycling from trash, and put into these wheeled containers
-- the savings will 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 recycling? YES! 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
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
What container do I use for my trash? Trash 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 trash? Recyclable
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.
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 sure:
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.
Who owns these carts? Waste
Haulers 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 Waste
Haulers directly at 401-943-6503.
OTHER ITEMS YOU MIGHT HAVE TO DISPOSE?
COOKING OIL -
Bring to RI Resource Recovery in Johnston in their Small Vehicle
Drop off Area program.
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 any area transfer
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.
HARD-COVERED BOOKS –
The hard cover keeps the books from going directly into the
curbside recycle bin. Either remove the hard cover or bring the
entire book and drop in the Kiducation boxes (locations above).
Either way, the book will be recycled.
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
PAINTS & STAINS –
Disposal is easier than ever with the NEW PaintCare RI
RIGID PLASTIC –
Can be recycled by bring to the landfill, RIRRC during normal
Hard packing Styrofoam can be recycled if brought to directly to
KWD located in Uxbridge, MA. KWD does allow residents to drop
off bagged Styrofoam that is free of stickers, tape and food.
Call for specific instructions.
Area UPS & FedEx stores also accept Styrofoam for use in their
packages. Call them directly for guidelines for each business.
Local tires business will accept tires for a nominal fee.
Call the Recycling Department @ 728-2400 x 155. Questions for
Waste Haulers, call 943-6503.