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These items have a Portsmouth-specific instruction: 


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Main Transfer Station:
305 Hedly Street, Portsmouth. Mon., Fri., Sat. 7:30-4; Tue. & Thurs. 7:30-7. Closed Wednesdays, Sundays and holidays.
Phone: 293-5865; Click here for website. Residential stickers are required and are available at the Tax Collections office in Town Hall; $180 first sticker; $10 for second in household. 1-week passes are available for $50. Town approved P.A.Y.T. bags are the only acceptable residential trash allowed into waste bin at the Transfer Station.

Prudence Island Transfer Station: Narragansett Ave. Winter hours: Tues. & Thurs 10-12, Sat. & Sun. 12-2; Summer hours: Tues. & Thurs. 9-1, Sat. & Sun. 1-4, open Mon. 1-4 of 3-day weekends. Click here for website. Seasonal passes are available for $100 (valid 4-months from purchase date).

Town Hall: 2200 E. Main Rd, Portsmouth. Hours: Monday – Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Contact: Call the Recycling Coordinator at 643-0359; Portsmouth Recycling website

Department of Public Works: 143 Hedly St., Portsmouth; 683-0362
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Appliances (large/white goods): Drop off at the MainPrudence Island Transfer Stations, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase.

Appliances (w/ Freon): Drop off at Main Transfer Station, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase. Doors must be off of refrigerators and freezers. $15 fee at the Prudence Island Transfer Station.

Asphalt, Brick, Concrete: Drop off at the Main Transfer Station, with annual sticker or pass purchase and with an additional C&D/ABC pass. In 2019, annual Transfer Station sticker holders receive four C&D and/or ABC passes provided by the Tax Collector’s Office in Town Hall on an as-needed basis.  A C&D and ABC pass is good for one load of C&D and/or ABC.  Each load must be in containers and volume may not exceed 32 gallons. Each additional load up to and including 32 gallons of C&D or ABC may be disposed of in the respective bin for a $50 fee per load by purchasing additional pass(es) at the Tax Collector's Office. Residents must present a pass for either C&D and/or ABC.

Books: Drop off at the Main Transfer Station, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase. Drop into Salvation Army, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of RI or Discover Books bins at the Transfer Station or around town.

Bulky Waste: Drop off at the Main & Prudence Island Transfer Stations, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase.

Carpeting/Rugs: Drop off at the Main & Prudence Island Transfer Stations, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase. All carpeting/rugs must be cut into 3’ sections and tied before being placed in Bulky Bin. Carpet pads must be disposed in town-approved PAYT bags.

Christmas Trees: Picked up curbside in January OR drop off at Department of Public Works.

Clothing/Textiles: Drop off at the Main Transfer Station, free of charge, with annual sticker purchase. Drop into Salvation Army, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of RI or Planet Aid bins at the Transfer Station or around town.

Construction & Demolition Debris: Drop off at the Main Transfer Station, with annual sticker or pass purchase and with an additional C&D/ABC pass. In 2019, annual Transfer Station sticker holders receive four C&D and/or ABC passes provided by the Tax Collector’s Office in Town Hall on an as-needed basis.  A C&D and ABC pass is good for one load of C&D and/or ABC.  Each load must be in containers and volume may not exceed 32 gallons. Each additional load up to and including 32 gallons of C&D or ABC may be disposed of in the respective bin for a $50 fee per load by purchasing additional pass(es) at the Tax Collector's Office. Residents must present a pass for either C&D and/or ABC.

E-waste: Free recycling at yearly town events, call the Recycling Coordinator for details. Includes TVs, monitors, computers, electronics such as DVD players, printers, and electric items (typically anything with a plug).

Extra Recycling: Drop off at the Main & Prudence Island Transfer Stations, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase.

Furniture: Drop off at the Main & Prudence Island Transfer Stations, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase.

Leaf & Yard Waste: Drop off at the Main & Prudence Island Transfer Stations, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase, from March 15 through December 31. You may use either yard bags, barrels (55 gallon max.) or small boxes to dispose of yard waste – no loose material or material in plastic bags is accepted. Materials too large to fit in 55 gallon container must be cut to 3 feet or less in length, no more than 2 inches in diameter, and bundled with twine.

Mattresses & Box Springs: Drop off at the Main Transfer Station for free with annual sticker or pass purchase, call theTransfer Station prior to bringing mattresses to see if there is room in container. Drop off at the Prudence Island Transfer Station for a fee of $70, with annual sticker or pass purchase. Pay fee by cash to attendant. Prudence Island sticker or pass holders may drop off mattresses, free of charge, at the Main Transfer Station. At both Transfer Stations, damaged/wet/bed bug-infested mattresses or box springs will not be accepted for recycling and will incur a disposal charge of $70/unit. 

Motor Oil & Filters: Drop off at the Main Transfer Station, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase. No other fluids accepted. Not accepted on Prudence Island.

Paper for Shredding: Free at yearly town events, call the Recycling Coordinator for updates.

Propane Tanks: Drop off at the Main & Prudence Island Transfer Stations, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase. Propane tanks must be empty.

Scrap Metal: Drop off at the Main & Prudence Island Transfer Stations, free of charge, with annual sticker or pass purchase.

Small Appliances (no Freon): Typically electric items with a cord, can be dropped off with e-waste (see above instructions).

Tires: Drop off at the Main Transfer Station, for a fee of $5 each per car tire; $10 per truck tire (no rims), with annual sticker or pass purchase. Tires only- no rims. 


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