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DEM Issues Advisory: Residents Urged to Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes

Special Eco-Depot Collection Event to be Held in Charlestown on Saturday, November 10

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management is advising the public that extreme care should be taken in properly disposing of household hazardous waste items that may have been damaged or impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Common household hazardous waste items include oil-based paint/stain, mercury containing devices (thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs), pool and lawn care chemicals, fertilizer, batteries, gasoline, household insecticides/pesticides, propane tanks, and automotive fluids. These are products that have warning labels indicating they are dangerous to human health because they are flammable, caustic, combustible, or toxic.

These items should not be disposed of in the regular waste stream. Residents are urged to set aside these items and properly dispose of them at an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Eco-Depot collection event run by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). RIRRC has scheduled a special household hazardous waste collection in Charlestown on Saturday, November 10, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the salt barn at the intersection of Routes 1 and 1A (Cross Mills). This free Eco-Depot collection is only available to Rhode Island residents.

For this Charlestown collection only, no appointment is necessary. To see the entire 2012 Eco-Depot collection schedule and to view a list of accepted items, visit or call (401) 942-1430 ext. 241 for more information.

For regularly updated information about the response to Hurricane Sandy, visit or call 211.

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  • Release date: 11-02-2012

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