Compost

Pick-Up Schedule


Until further notice, please call 401-253-8877 by the Thursday before to be added to our list for pickup of compost each Friday.
We apologize for this inconvenience, and we hope to have an exact date to resume regular weekly pickup soon. 

Please place your compost barrels and/or bags by the curb by 7:00am the morning of your regular weekly trash pickup.  
Compost consists of leaves and brush.
If using barrels to dispose of yard waste the barrel must be clearly marked "COMPOST".
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.

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