Curbside Collection & Drop-Offs

 Holiday Collections

All holidays will result in a one day delay in Rubbish, Recycling and Yard Waste collections for the remainder of the week.


PaintCare is a new program in the State of Rhode Island that makes it easier for you to do the right thing with leftover paint. It was created by the American Coatings Association, a membership-based trade association of the paint manufacturing industry, working with state and local government stakeholders. Under RI General Law § 23-24.12 the reuse, recycling, or proper disposal of paint is now funded through fees on each container of architectural paint sold in RI. These fees are $0.35 cents (from a half pint to smaller than 1 gallon), $0.75 cents (1 gallon) or $1.60 per container (between 1 and 5 gallons).

What to do with leftover paint:

  1. If your cans are still near-full, you may want to first try giving them away. You can post them on the "FREE" section of Craigslist or FreeCycle OR

  2. If you can't give the paint away, use this PaintCare Site Locator to find a drop-off location. Before bringing your paint to any drop-off site, be sure to call to check business hours and to make sure they can accept the types and amount of paint you would like to recycle OR

  3. Make an appointment to drop off your paint (both oil-based and water-based, like latex) at one of our free Saturday Eco-Depot collection events OR

  4. If you only have water-based (non-hazardous paint) like latex, it is still safe for disposal in regular household trash, but needs to be hardened for the safety of workers and equipment. If there isn’t too much paint left, just leave it out with the lid off and it will dry without having to add anything. If there is a significant amount left, you can do this with paint hardener (about $2 at a home improvement store), saw dust, or even kitty litter. Please do not recycle paint containers. Try placing the cans of hardened paint directly in a trash bag, and then in the trash can. If your city/town allows it, and you need to leave them out on the side of the trash, be sure to leave the lids off so you hauler can see they are hardened. You can also try leaving a note, in both English and Spanish, with the cans. Something like:

 Paint is hardened. Please discard in the trash.
La pintura está endurecida. Por favor, échela en la basura.

Household Waste

The City is responsible for collection and disposal of all refuse generated in the course of daily living from within the household. All material must be in containers or bags that one person can lift into the collection vehicle. All material must be at the curb by 6:00 AM the day of collection  and may not be at the curb before 3:00 PM the day prior to collection. The City is not responsible for collection of construction, demolition or remodeling materials or debris. To report a missed collection or additional information, please call (401) 435-7710

Bulky items and furniture pickup

Bulky items and furniture are collected every Friday for the entire city by appointment only. Items need to be left at the curb the night before collection, please call 401-435-7701 to schedule an appointment. If usable, please try to recycle old furniture by calling RI Donation Exchange at 401-831-5511 or donate to local organizations. Rugs and carpeting cut to 4' lengths and rolled and tied can also be taken with bulky items.

Major Appliance Collection

Household appliances: (washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, hot water tanks, air conditioners, gas grills, etc) are collected on the second Saturday of each month. Residents must purchase a $10 recycling sticker (stickers can be purchased at City Hall Engineering Office) by 10:00 AM on the preceding Friday to schedule a collection. Appliances can be placed at the curb for collection not more than 24 hours in advance.

Items requiring recycling stickers for collection:




Hot Water Tank

Microwave (built in)

Swing Set   (Dismantled)


Washing Machine

Clothes Dryer

Gas Grill

Exercise Equipment

Other miscellaneous metal item, please call 435-7710

Recycling Carts

New Recycling carts have been delivered to all residents in East Providence.   If  you have not received a new cart, if you are a elderly or disabled resident with concerns over the size of the cart or have questions please contact the office at the number below.  

Recycling Office at 435.7710 or 435.7701 during regular business hours.

Yard Debris Bags

Yard Debris is collected on the same day as regular rubbish collection between April 1 and mid December (weather permitting). Check the Recycling Calendar for dates. 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. There is no charge for Yard Debris stickers. Brush and small branches must be 4' or less and tied in bundles one person can lift into the collection vehicle. 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 Spring and Fall as advertised. No commercial materials are accepted at any time.

All yard debris must be in paper bags or approved reusable containers for collection.

Construction Material

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

Household Hazardous Waste

The City is not permitted to collect Household Hazardous Materials per RI DEM regulations.  For information on the proper disposal of such items please contact the R I Resource Recovery Corporation at (401) 942-1430 ext. 241.

Miscellaneous Drop-Off Items

The following items may be dropped off at the Department of Public Works, 60 Commercial Way:

Propane Tanks (empty) 20lb

Electronic - All televisions, computer equipment monitors, VCR, DVD, & audio equipment.

Auto Batteries - Antifreeze

Used oil

Cooking oil


For additional solid waste disposal or recycling information:

Donna McMahon, DPW/Refuse & Recycling Program Coordinator

(401) 435-7500 x40030