It's Finally Here!

Recycling in RI just got easier. Now you can mix your recyclables together (in whatever bin or cart you've been using) and you can recycle more plastics than ever before. For all the details and even more answers please visit

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is proud to present a new recycling program for the state that's making it easer than ever for you to recycle. In addition to being able to recycle more materials, you can now mix your recyclables together. Your paper, plastic, glass, aluminum and tin cans can all be recycled in the same bin. Simply use your household's existing city or town-approved recycling receptacles and leave the rest to us.

How did recycling get easier?

  • You can now recycle more plastics
  • You can mix all your recyclables together
  • You can still use your existing bins, carts, or box

What are the new plastics?

All small household plastic containers can now be recycled, not just plastic bottles and jugs.  Examples of other small household plastic containers include:

  • Wide-mouth jars, like peanut butter and mayo jars
  • Plastic, deli-style take out containers (also known as "clamshells")
  • Plastic egg cartons
  • Yogurt cups
  • Margarine tubs
  • Iced coffee cups

What else is different?

  • No scrap metal of any kind in the recycling (no wire hangers, small appliances, pipes, wires, or cables)

On the left you'll find a downloadable version of the mailer you received, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions. While the rules just got easier, there are still some things to remember. Among the remaining Recycling Don'ts are:

  • Keep plastic bags out of the recycling bins (take them back to the supermarket instead)
  • Beer and soda packaging is still not recyclable. It's designed to resist breaking apart when wet, which is why paper mills don't want it.
  • Frozen food and refrigerated food boxes are still trash for the same reason as the beer and soda packaging.
  • No Styrofoam, hot beverage cups, or foil packaging (like chip bags).
  • Clothing and textiles should be donated-please keep them out of recycling bins.
  • Household hazardous waste needs to go to the Eco-Depot, never in your recycling bins.

Still looking for something?

Check out a detailed A-to-Z list of materials, complete with proper recycling/disposal instructions.