Rhode Island Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Solid (nonhazardous) waste management laws and rules: Rhode Island Recycling Act, Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws) 23-18.8-1 to 23-18.8-5; Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Act, RI Gen. Laws 23-19-1 to 23-19-41, and regulations at Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.030.021 to 12.030.028

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Recycling electronics: Electronic Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling Act, RI Gen. Laws 23-24.10-1 to 23-24.10-3

Solid waste recycling:

Municipal solid waste: RI Rule 12.070.001 and RI Rule 12.070.001 Appendix A

Commercial solid waste: RI Rule 12.070.003

Commercial solid waste annual report: RI Rule 12.070.003-8

Amending the commercial solid waste recyclables list: RI Rule 12.070.003-6(D)

Waste tire recycling: RI Rule 12.030.025-5

Regulatory Agencies

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection (BEP) Office of Waste Management

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Rhode Island has incorporated by reference the federal requirements for recycling hazardous waste. See the national sections RECYCLING and HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for information on hazardous wastes.

Rhode Island has its own municipal and commercial recycling programs. Certain types of electronic waste are banned from landfill disposal in Rhode Island. In addition, Rhode Island has adopted most of the federal regulations for the management of batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and lamps as universal wastes. Rhode Island has added state provisions for the ...

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