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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. Tags may be purchased individually in the months of May and June. 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. Refuse tags are limited for purchase by residents from South Kingstown or Narragansett only. 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.
Accepted Items in Mixed Recycling Container
- 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.
Additional Recycling in Separate Containers
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. Small appliances such as microwaves, blenders (no glass), hairdryers, etc. can be recycled for free in the Electronics (E-Waste) container in the residential area. For a complete listing of items, see the E-Waste Flyer.
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 for South Kingstown and Narragansett residents only. 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.
Residents of South Kingstown and Narragansett may dispose of their used clothing and textiles in the Residential Area at Rose Hill in Big Brothers Big Sisters RI green bin. Items for the bin include clothing of any kind, shoes, hats, belts, handbags, sheets and linens. Click here for additional information.
Computers, Televisions, and Other Electronic Waste
Rose Hill Regional Transfer Station accepts 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 additional information.
For local events and information on hazardous waste disposal, please contact the RI Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) at 401-942-1430;or click here with upcoming dates for Household Hazardous Waste Collections. Hazardous waste includes, but is not limited to:
- Chemical cleansers
- Household solvents
- Paint thinners
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 or mattresses infested with bed bugs will be charged at $85 per piece. Please click here for sample photos of recyclable and non-recyclable mattresses. Fold-out sofa beds and futons are not accepted as mattresses and maybe disposed of as a Bulky Item. Three piece limit per transaction. For additional information on the mattress recycling program, click here for the program flyer.
Small items comprised of 90% or higher content mixed metals such as steel, cast iron, aluminum or brass can be placed in the Mixed Metal container located in the residential area. Please see attendant for assistance. Click here for more information.
Motor Oil disposal is limited to South Kingstown and Narragansett residents only. Waste oil disposal is now a flat fee of $7.00 for up to 5 gallons & 4 oil filters. Residents must access the waste oil container by requesting assistance from an attendant to unlock the waste oil tank..
Proof of residency will be requested at the time of disposal. Commercial waste oil is prohibited.
Paints and CFL's
Please see attached flyer here to learn how to properly dispose of your paint, bulbs and batteries.
Plastic bags and film are prohibited from your curbside recyclables and the Rose Hill Regional Transfer Station Residential Recycling Area. Plastic bags, plastic packing materials and film are accepted throughout Rhode Island at most large retail stores. For a list of accepted plastic bags and film click here.
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 area. Rigid plastics must be free of metal and fabric. Click here for more information.
RIRRC will no longer be accepting shredded paper in the mixed recycling program. Bagged shredded paper will be prohibited from your curbside recyclables and the Rose Hill Regional Transfer Station Residential Recycling Area. Residents may bring their shredded paper, secured in a bag, to the RIRRC's small vehicle area located at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston. In addition to the drop-off container, RI residents can attend shredding events, compost shreds in backyard compost bins or dispose of them in the regular trash.
There is a flat fee charge to dispose of tires. Find the current charge to dispose of tires.
Used Vegetable Oil
Effective September 20, 2023, residents can no longer recycle their waste cooking oil at the Transfer Station. Please contact Rhode Island Resource Recovery for disposal options. https://www.rirrc.org/
Special Yard Waste Tags may be purchased by South Kingstown and Narragansett residents only to dispose of leaves and grass clippings in your brown paper yard waste bag. Tags can be purchased at the RHRTS or in the Town Clerk's Office at 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.