Town of CumberlandTrash
& Recycling Department
Donna Kaehler, Recycling Coordinator
Fall Yard Waste
Curbside Collection Begins
October 15th, 2013. (Monday Oct. 14th
is Columbus Day and is a trash holiday).
Scheduled collection weekly on your regular trash/recycling day
Oct. 15th—Dec. 15, 2013.
Yard waste must be in compostable bags-- no plastic!
Limit 8 bags per household per week.
Small branches only accepted if smaller than 3 feet long, 2
inches in diameter and & bundled with twine.
Will a Backyard Leaf Pile Work for You?
While preparing your yard for the winter months ahead, think
about some “green” options to moving any yard waste off your
in brown lawn bags for separate yard waste collection from
October 15 through December 15, 2013. This keeps yard waste out
of our town trash totals and saves our town $32 per ton tipping
a leaf pile in your yard and let it break down naturally. There
is no transportation or tipping fees with this method.
a back-yard compost pile and add your yard waste with food &
vegetable scraps. Not only are there no tipping or
transportation fees, but you reduce your trash amount by
removing this organic matter. And even better, you end up with
rich soil for your gardens -- all for free!
To see recycling and waste reduction ideas, visit the new
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Trash Holiday Schedule 2013
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.
Top 5 Reasons to Recycle
cONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES.
Recycling conserves natural resources such as trees, water
and minerals — preserving the environment for future
Reduces the need for landfills.
Recycling reduces the need for landfills and incinerators
because when materials are recycled, less waste is sent to
Recycling prevents pollution and reduces greenhouse gas
emissions caused by the extracting and processing of raw
Recycling saves energy by eliminating the need to extract
and process raw materials.
Recycling helps create new jobs in the United States for
both the recycling industry and manufacturing.
What is our Current RECYCLING Rate?
Recycling is on the upswing in Cumberland. Last year our town’s
recycling rate reach a high of 21.4%, up from the previous
year’s 20.5%. That means our Cumberland residents sorted over
3,200 tons, or 6.4 MILLION pounds of recycling out of our waste
stream, and that is just in the curbside collection program.
This year we are setting our recycling rate goal at 25%,
the state average. We believe by implementing the larger
automated carts, hosting a variety of Recycling Days, and
educating residents on all items that can be recycled; we can
easily work together and make this goal a reality.
Recycling benefits us in so many ways-
Curbside recycling is the easiest way to divert items out of
your weekly trash. More items going into your recycling bin,
means less items end up in your trash can.
-Recycling is collected curbside on the same day as your trash.
Have two containers; one for your recyclables and one for your
trash inside your house to make sure recycling stays separated
from your trash. Then just empty into your outside containers.
Saves our Tax Dollars
-By recycling you save our town disposal fees. Our community is
charged tipping fees for each ton of trash we send to our
landfill, but the tipping fee for recycling is zero!
Reusing our natural resources not only saves that resource, but
saves energy, preserves nature, and creates jobs.
Saves our State Landfill
The landfill is a finite space. If we sort out items that should
not be landfilled, we can extend the amount of years our
landfill can service our state. This is the only landfill for
all of RI.
communities are only as good as their residents. This is one
great way to make Cumberland the best place it can be.
Now our TRASH numbers?
the town of Cumberland sent over 11,700 TONS of trash to our
state landfill. This equates to over 23 MILLION pounds of trash
from just our community.
easily change that amount. It is up to each household to see if
they can reduce what goes in their trash can. Once recyclables
are mixed with in trash unfortunately, they cannot be pulled out
and reused or recycled. Please help us make sure we are only
trashing what should be.
Ways to Recycle More:
Kiducation Clothing & Textile Boxes:
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.
items: 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.
ReStore Plastic Bag Recycling:
ReStore 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)
THREE EASY WAYS TO REDUCE TRASH
RECYCLE ALL YOU CAN
More 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: www.recycletogetherri.org
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!
ASK 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 town.
WEEKLY CURBSIDE TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION
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.
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. These
containers are larger to hold more material than before.
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.
Many more recyclables can now go right in the recycle bin— go to
for a complete list.
MOVING-OUT or CLEANING-OUT?
Residents are reminded the weekly trash limits still apply. To
reduce trash amounts, below are some recommendations:
Consider donating useable household items to organizations. Many
will come and pick up at your house and give tax donation
Plan ahead—the town policy is ONE bulky item per week. Plan
ahead if you are disposing of more items.
Call for hazardous waste collection schedules. Items that are
hazardous will not be taken in the trash. Residents can bring to
a variety of Saturday morning collections throughout our state
and dispose for FREE.
Call with any questions – 728-2400 x 155.
SPECIAL CURBSIDE COLLECTIONS
Bulky items are considered a furniture item such as a couch,
table or chair etc.
Construction debris, TVs, e-waste or appliances is not included
in this collection.
bulky item is permitted weekly.
Consider donating if item is still usable.
White goods are large appliances: stove, refrigerator, water
White goods are collected every Wednesday.
Call Waste Haulers @ 943-6503 to schedule a pick-up.
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.
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
Items accepted at this location are:
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.
Please drop only items we can accept. Anything else will be
considered illegal dumping.
CUMBERLAND AREA DROP-OFFS
– can be dropped in the white Kiducation Boxes located at Town
Hall, BF Norton School, Ashton School & Garvin Memorial School.
– can also go in the Kiducation boxes listed above.
– 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?
- 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 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.
- 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
or call 942-1430 x 241 for collection dates and accepted items.
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
– 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. If clean up requires
anything other than water, this must be handled as hazardous
– Can be recycled by bring to the landfill, RIRRC during normal
- Local tires business will accept tires for a nominal fee.
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 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 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?
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
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 properly.
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
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.
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 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.