Pick-Up Schedule

Weekly compost pick-up will resume on March 23, 2020

Please place your yard waste bags and/or trash barrels  at curbside by 7:30am on your regularly scheduled trash pickup day. 
If using trash barrels to dispose of yard waste the barrel must be clearly marked "COMPOST". 

If using yardwaste bags the limit is 20 bags per address, perweek.
If using barrels the limit is 10 barrels per address, per week.
Weight limit for bags and barrels is not to exceed 50lbs. 
Barrel size limited to 35 gallons.
Brush must be tied in bundles of 4 foot lengths or less.

It is preferable for the compost to be stored in bags, but trash barrels are acceptable. Paper and household trash or garbage are not allowed.
If your bags or barrels are not picked up for a specific reason (too heavy, unacceptable container, etc.) it will be tagged stating the reason it was left behind. Any custom-made container/barrel is unacceptable. 

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.

Yard waste bags may be purchased at Water Pollution Control or DPW.
Cost: $22.00 per bundle of 50 (these bundles are replacing the bundles of 25)

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 due to a change of distributor and cost of bags, as of January 18, 2019 the price for purchase of Compost Bags will increase from $10.00 per bundle of 25 to $22.00 per bundle of 50 bags. 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


  • Trash barrels being used for yardwaste must be clearly market COMPOST
  • Weight limit for bags and barrels is 50lbs MAX
  • Barrel size is limited to 35 gallons
  • The same weight and size limits apply to store bought reusable yardwaste bags/containers
  • If using yardwaste bags, the limit is 20 bags per week
  • If using barrels, the limit is 10 barrels per week

unacceptable containers

  • Custom-made barrels, overweight barrels, and/or oversized barrels will NOT be emptied
  • Barrels that are on wheels or that have been fabricated in any way (rope handles, etc.) will NOT be emptied

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