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By ordinance, Town residents must recycle, and curbside haulers are required to provide recycling services to businesses and residents. The Town offers free recycling at the Rose Hill Regional Transfer Station (RHRTS). For household trash, the Town operates a "Bag and Tag" waste disposal system at the RHRTS. You supply the bag and place an adhesive tag purchased from the Town around the neck of the bag prior to disposal. Because recycling is free, the more you recycle, the more money you save on tags. Tags are sold in lots of five (5), and can be purchased at the RHRTS or in the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall. Bag volume is limited to 33 gallons and bag weight is limited to 35 pounds. Refuse bags exceeding volume or weight require an additional tag. Click here for the current Bag and Tag price.
The RHRTS has a large area where residents may recycle for free. All recyclables can now be mixed together ("single stream"), however recyclables must be separated from your trash.
Items that can be recycled include:
- All plastic containers up to 5 gallons in size
- Glass containers
- Metal cans and foil
- Milk and juice cartons
- Mixed paper and cardboard
- Non-container plastic
- Plastic bags
- Plastic containers larger than 5 gallons (Please refer to Rigid Plastics below)
- Refrigerated and frozen food boxes
- Scrap metal
- Shredded paper (previously recyclable in with mixed recyclables) now prohibited.
Appliances - Refrigerant (Freon)
A flat fee is imposed for each Freon appliance (this includes refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, de-humidifiers, etc.). The flat fee charge includes the cost of Refrigerant (Freon)Freon removal and disposal of the appliance. Find the current charge to dispose of Refrigerant (Freon) appliances.
Appliances - Non-Refrigerant (Non-Freon)
A flat fee is imposed for each non-Freon appliance (this includes stoves, dishwashers, etc.). Find the current charge to dispose of non-refrigerant (non-Freon) appliances.
Bulky Items / Construction Materials
A per pound fee is charged for bulky items such as furniture, demolition / construction material (4’ length maximum), etc. When you enter the RHRTS, bear right to go to the scale house. The attendant will weigh your vehicle full, and then weigh it again empty, and charge for the difference. There is a $5 minimum charge. Click here for the current per pound price.
Residents of South Kingstown and Narragansett may dispose of their Christmas Trees at no charge at the Rose Hill Regional Transfer Station each year from the end of December through the last week in January. Please remove all ornaments and tinsel prior to disposal. Click here for a flyer on Christmas Tree recycling.
Computers, Televisions, and Other Electronic Waste
Due to circumstances beyond the Town's control, Rose Hill Regional Transfer Station will no longer accept electronic waste. Please see our E-waste Flyer or call the South Kingstown Recycling Coordinator at 401-789-9331, ext. 2259 to learn more about what is considered electronic waste and for information on how and where to properly dispose of electronic waste.
The Town of South Kingstown holds an annual Eco-Depot (a hazardous waste collection event) the last Saturday in June. For other local events and information on hazardous waste disposal, please contact the RI Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) at 401-942-1430;or visit their website at RIRRC.org. Hazardous waste includes, but not limited to:
- Chemical cleansers
- Household solvents
- Paint thinners
- Oil based paints
The mattress recycling program accepts clean and dry mattresses and box springs for free at the RHRTS. Damaged, wet, twisted, frozen or soiled mattresses or box springs, items infested with bed bugs, and fold-out sofa beds are not accepted, and can be disposed of as a Bulky Item. For additional information on the mattress recycling program, click here for the program flyer.
Plastic containers 5 gallons or larger in size or non-container plastics (such as lawn furniture, children's toys, plastic buckets and baskets, etc.) can be placed in the Rigid Plastic container located in the residential recycling area. Rigid plastics must be free of metal and fabric.
There is a flat fee charge to dispose of tires. Find the current charge to dispose of tires.
Used Vegetable Oil
Residents can recycle their waste cooking oil free of charge. A collection container for the used cooking oil is located in the residential recycling area of the Transfer Station. Cooking oil must be free of residual matter and should be transported in a clean, non-breakable, leak proof container.
Special Yard Waste Tags may be purchased to dispose of leaves and grass clippings in your brown paper yard waste bag. Individual Yard Waste tags may be purchased at the RHRTS or the Town Hall. Find the current charge to purchase Yard Waste Tags.
Large brush, bulk quantities of leaves, tree limbs and trunks less than 6” in diameter and less than 4 feet in length may be discharged at a per pound rate. To have bulky yard waste weighed, bear right to the scale house when you enter the RHRTS. The attendant will weigh your vehicle full, weigh it empty and charge you per pound for the difference. There is a $5 minimum charge. Find the current per pound price.