East Providence Public Works reminds residents of recycling, holiday collection changes


EAST PROVIDENCE — Due to increased call volumes and inquiries related to recent changes made to both the recycling program and the holiday trash collection schedule, the City of East Providence's Department Public Works is issuing the following series of updates and reminders to residents.

Curbside Collection Policy

The City is responsible for the collection and disposal of that material which is generated in the course of daily living from the household. New holiday guidelines have been implemented. When your trash collection day falls on a holiday all collections will result in a one day delay for the remainder of the week. This applies to Trash, Recycling if collected that week and Yard Waste when in season. (PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE TRASH COLLECTION ON PRESIDENTS DAY).

Recycling Carts

Recycling collection is every other week. If you do not have the calendar that was provided when your recycling cart was delivered it can be found on the City's web site www.eastprovidenceri.net. Please remember on Recycling weeks your recycling cart must be set out at the curb in order for your rubbish to be collected. If you are not sure what can be recycled please check www.recylcingtogetherri.org. NO CART, NO TRASH PICKUP.

In addition, Public Works notes the variety services offered by the department as well as those available to residents though its drop-off program.

Yard Waste

Yard debris is collected in paper bags or barrels with Yard Waste tags. Bags are available at City Hall, Engineering Division and Public Works Office at 60 Commercial Way, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Yard Waste is collected April-December weather permitting. Any changes to the rubbish collection schedule due to winter storm events will be posted on the city's web site and on all Broadcast Closing/Delay Announcements.  Please call 435-7710 for more information.

Major Appliance Collection

Washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, hot water tanks, air conditioners, gas grills, etc. are collected the second Saturday of the month. Residents must purchase a $10 recycling sticker by 11:00 AM on the preceding Friday to schedule a collection. Appliances can be placed at the curb for collection no more than 24 hours in advance.

Appliance Collection Schedule

February 8; March 8; April 12; May 10; June 14; July 12; August 9; September 13; October 11

Construction Material

Residents are responsible for the disposal of any materials associated with household construction, demolition and renovation activities regardless of who is doing the work or when it took place.


Latex paint cans should be placed with the cover off in the regular trash after the paint has dried. Oil paint can be disposed of by calling the Eco Depot at 942-1430. Call for the location of drop-off sites Recycle Items for drop off Please check below for items that are recycled but not collected curb side. These items can be dropped off at: The Public Works/Highway Complex Located at 60 Commercial Way Drop off hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop offs are self service.

Electronic Equipment/Used Motor Oil

All electronic equipment, (Televisions, radios, computer audio components), can be deposited in the designated white POD’s storage container located to the right of the gate when entering the yard. There is an Oil Igloo for uncontaminated motor oil. Also areas for antifreeze, oil filters, and car batteries.

Used Cooking Oil

Residents may now bring used vegetable cooking oil to the Recycling Center. The collection container is provided by Newport Biodiesel. The cooking oil is processed into biodiesel at their Rhode Island facility. Biodiesei is a renewable, non-toxic fuel that can be used in any diesel engine or oil furnace.


If you have an abundance of cardboard from moving boxes etc. there is a container for flattened cardboard.


Used Books, Propane Tanks of all sizes, Plastic lawn furniture and yard play sets, and scrap metals can also be dropped off at this site.


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