Compost

Pick-Up Schedule


Weekly curbside pickup of yard waste will be suspended as of December 23, 2016.
After this date you will have to call 401-253-8877 to schedule a pickup which will be done on Fridays only (weather permitting).  
Compost consists of leaves and brush. It is preferable for the compost to be stored in bags, but barrels are acceptable. Paper and household trash or garbage are not allowed. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 401-253-8877.

Christmas tree pick up will begin December 26, 2016 and continue until January 13, 2017. Any trees put out after January 13, 2017 will be picked up by appointment only.

Yard waste can be brought to the Compost Facility at the landfill at no cost to residents, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Additionally, the Compost Department provides free compost for residents that can be used on lawns or gardens. There are two kinds of compost available:
  • Biosolids compost created from a combination of the by-product of the treatment plant (sludge) and yard waste
  • Mulch created exclusively from yard waste
Both of these products meet the Rhode Island Department of Health Rules and Regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention requirements for posing no significant environmental lead exposure hazard and is considered to be lead safe.

Yard Waste Collection


Please be advised that beginning Monday, April 4, 2016 the cost for Compost Bags will increase from $8.00 per bundle to $10.00 per bundle (checks only). Compost bags may be purchased at the Department of Public Works or Water Pollution Control Department.



Acceptable Items
  • Barrel size is limited to 35 gallons
  • Brush must be tied in bundles of 4 foot lengths
  • Containers must be clearly marked 'compost'
  • Only grass clippings, leaves and brush are to be placed in the paper bags
  • Weight limit for bags and barrels is 50 pounds maximum
Unacceptable Items
  • Any material left behind will be tagged and not picked up until the following week, if acceptable
  • Containers with foreign matter (dirt, sod, rocks, plastic, trash, etc.)
  • Overweight or over-sized containers
  • Plastic bags