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Department of Public Works (DPW Yard):
60 Commercial Way. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7AM-3:30PM. Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30AM-3:30PM. This is a self-service drop off area.

‚ÄčContact: Recycling Office at 435-7710 or 435-7701; email eprecycle@eastprovidenceri.gov or visit the DPW/Recycling website.

Forbes Street Compost Site: Open select Saturdays in the Spring and Fall. Dates posted on the DPW/Recycling website and in the local newspaper.
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Antifreeze: Drop off at DPW Yard.

Appliances (large/white goods): Picked up curbside, one Saturday per month. Residents must purchase a $25 recycling sticker at the Engineering Office in City Hall by 10 am on the preceding Thursday and place the scheduled items on the curb after 3 pm on the preceding Friday. Items placed at the curb for collection earlier than 3 pm on the preceding Friday will result in a $50 fine.

Appliances (w/ Freon): Picked up curbside, one Saturday per month. Residents must purchase a $25 recycling sticker at the Engineering Office in City Hall by 10 am on the preceding Thursday and place the scheduled items on the curb after 3 pm on the preceding Friday. Items placed at the curb for collection earlier than 3 pm on the preceding Friday will result in a $50 fine.

Auto Batteries: Drop off at DPW Yard.

Books: Drop off at DPW Yard. OR one of the drop off container located at the following locations in the City: East Providence Senior Center located, 610 Waterman Avenue, rear parking lot; St. Francis Xavier Church, 81 North Carpenter Street; Shaw’s, 585 Taunton Avenue;  American Legion, 850 Willett Avenue.

Bulky Rigid Plastic: Drop off at DPW Yard.

Bulky Waste: Picked up curbside by appointment only on Fridays by calling the Recycling Office. There is a limit of one item per week, and appointments must be made by 12 pm on the preceding Thursday. Items placed at the curb for collection earlier than 3 pm on the preceding Thursday will result in a $50 fine.

Cardboard: If flattened cardboard doesn't fit inside of the recycling cart, lay it across the top of your recycling cart, tucked under the lid. Or drop off at DPW Yard into the "cardboard only" dumpster.

Carpeting/Rugs: Picked up curbside by appointment only on Fridays by calling the Recycling Office. There is a limit of one item per week, and appointments must be made by 12 pm on the preceding Thursday. Items placed at the curb for collection earlier than 3 pm on the preceding Thursday will result in a $50 fine.

Christmas Trees: Christmas trees are recycled in our chip-a-tree program. Residents can drop off trees at local neighborhood playgrounds/parks after Christmas. Trees are collected curbside during the first two weeks of January to be collected by city crews for the chip-a-tree program.

Clothing/Textiles: Drop off at one of the Upcycle Collaborative (Kiducation) collection boxes located in the city: Agawam Softball Complex, parking lot on Pawtucket Ave.; Fuller Library, 610 Dover Ave.; Walgreens located at the corner of Pawtucket & Warren Avenue.

Cooking Oil: Drop off at DPW Yard.

E-waste: Drop off at DPW Yard. Accepts: TVs, CRT Monitors, CPUs and all other items such as printers, cartridges, wire and cable, UPSs, VHS/DVD players and anything with a plug, including hair dryers, blender, toaster, etc.

Extra Recycling: Households that find that they are filling their single recycling cart on a weekly basis may submit a request for a second cart. Call the Recycling Office for more information.

Furniture: Picked up curbside by appointment only on Fridays by calling the Recycling Office. There is a limit of one item per week, and appointments must be made by 12 pm on the preceding Thursday. Items placed at the curb for collection earlier than 3 pm on the preceding Thursday will result in a $50 fine.

Leaf & Yard Waste: Placed curbside on your regular collection day from April until mid December (weather permitting)- check the DPW/Recycling website or call for December end date. All leaves, grass and other vegetative material 2" in diameter or less must be placed in approved reusable containers (trash barrels) with Yard Debris stickers or paper bags that one person can lift into the collection vehicle. Brush and small branches must be 4' or less and tied in bundles one person can lift into the collection vehicle. Yard debris stickers are available at City Hall, Room 204, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. There is no charge for Yard Debris stickers. The City is not responsible for collection of logs or larger wood waste.

Residents may drop off yard debris at the Forbes Street Compost Site only on the designated Saturdays in the Fall as advertised, including leaves, grass, branches, limbs and other tree related material /vegetative material only. Residents must show a valid driver’s license as proof of residency. Yard Debris in plastic bags will not be accepted. NO commercial vehicles are permitted.

Mattresses & Box Springs: Mattresses are picked up curbside separately, by appointment only for a fee of $25 per piece. Collection occurs on Saturdays, twice a month March-November and once in December. There is no collection January and February. For dates or to make an appointment please call the Recycling Office. Checks may be dropped off at the drop box at East Providence City Hall or at the DPW located at 60 Commercial Way between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or mailed to East Providence City Hall, ATTN: DPW, 145 Taunton Ave., East Providence, RI 02914. Residents must include a phone number and the pickup address on the memo of the check. Items placed at the curb for collection earlier than 3 pm on the preceding Friday will result in a $50 fine. 

Mattresses and box springs can also be dropped off during specific event dates, free of charge, limit 2 items per resident. Call the Recycling Office for more information.

Motor Oil & Filters: Drop off at DPW Yard.

Paper for Shredding: Free at yearly town events, call the Recycling Office for details.

Propane Tanks: Drop off at DPW Yard, up to 20 lb tanks accepted and valve must be removed.

Scrap Metal:  Any scrap metal including swing sets (dismantled), gas grill, and more can be dropped off at the DPW Yard. Call the Recycling Office with any questions. 

Shredded Paper: Drop off at DPW Yard and place in our dedicated recycling containers marked "Shredded Paper only," which are located by the red shed in the drop off area. Shreds must be double bagged in clear or semi-clear bags.

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


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