Town of CumberlandTrash
& Recycling Department
Donna Kaehler, Recycling Coordinator
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are our Current Recycling Numbers?
We’re already half- way through the recycling year. Take a look
to see how Cumberland is doing so far.
Our recycling tonnage is UP from the same time last year,
and by a lot. For the first half of the calendar year,
Cumberland already sent 1,873 tons of recycling to the landfill
– and that is just want is collected in the curbside “blue” bin
Last year’s half way marker was only 1,620 tons- that is an
increase of 252 tons. Those larger wheeled carts must be
Our Recycling Rate is also going up. Our current rate is
now 24.6% up from last year of only 20.4%. That means an
improvement of over 21%.
Our solid waste or trash tonnage is DOWN; and again by
a large amount. So far Cumberland has put 5,743 tons of trash
into our landfill. While that amount is more than we want, it
is less than where we were last year.
In December 2012, we had already generated 6,310 tons of solid
waste. This year’s numbers show a reduction 567 tons from last
year – another huge improvement.
are the trends we want to see for our community—more recycling
tons and less trash tons. That only happens when our residents
take the time to think about their waste and sort
appropriately—and it shows that you are.
Recycling is so important for our community and state. Each and
every item we correctly put in the recycling really makes a
difference, and we are seeing the results. Keep up the
Keep current with upcoming events, new information and tips.
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Trash Holiday Schedule 2014
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.
Waste (Eco- Depot) Collections
Our state landfill offers numerous events to safely dispose
hazardous waste. RI residents are welcome to go to 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 below:
2014 Eco-Depot Schedule
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.
WEEKLY CURBSIDE TRASH & RECYCLING PROGRAM
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.
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. 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.
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.
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
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
- any item with a cord.
Please drop only items we can accept. Anything else will be
considered illegal dumping.
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.
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)
OTHER ITEMS YOU MIGHT HAVE TO 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.
– 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
– 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
– Hard packing Styrofoam can be recycled if brought to area
locations. KWD located in Uxbridge, MA does allow residents to
drop off bagged items, free of stickers, tape and food. Call for
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.
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.
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.