E-Waste & Household Hazardous Waste

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

The Town of Portsmouth will host E-Waste Collections at Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane.  The attached flyer gives dates, times, and a link for additional information. Some items have a disposal fee charge, so please be prepared! E-Waste Collections are open to any Rhode Island resident.

Should residents need to drop off e-waste in between collections (or anytime), they may utilize the State E-waste collection program. For full details of acceptable items, where State sites are located, and hours of operation, please go to RIRRC's web page on Electronic Waste.

Household Hazardous Waste & Eco-Depot Drop-off Events

Eco-Depot capture

See and print out the Eco-Depot Hazardous Waste Drop-off Schedule with hazardous waste drop-off locations across the state. Make sure to make a free appointment online to dispose of your household hazardous waste at RIRRC's Household Hazardous Waste Department or call (401) 942-1430 x 3241.

Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste can NOT be brought to the Transfer Station or thrown in any trash. Hazardous materials are:

  • Corrosive/Caustic - Deteriorates metal and causes irreversible alteration of living tissue by chemical action
  • Flammable/Combustible - Ignites under most conditions
  • Reactive - Creates an explosion or produces deadly vapors
  • Toxic - Poisonous or lethal when ingested, absorbed, touched, or inhaled

Typical Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous materials often bear labels like, "Danger," "Warning," "Caution," or "Poison." Common household hazardous wastes include:

  • Oil-based paints, stains and finishes
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Automotive fluids
  • Lawn and garden fertilizers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Thermometers and thermostats containing mercury