Rhode Island Pollution Prevention regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Pollution Prevention: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hard-to-dispose material control and recycling: Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws) 37-15.1-1 to 37-15.1-11

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Rhode Island Aqua Fund: Rhode Island Rules (RI Rule) 12.190.002-3

Regulatory Agency

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Customer and Technical Assistance Pollution Prevention Section

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

• Rules. The state follows the federal pollution prevention (P2) requirements. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) offers nonregulatory environmental technical assistance to aid facilities with cost-effective P2 and recycling practices. Also, the state's law on the reuse and recycling of "hard-to-dispose materials" authorizes grants and awards to develop statewide programs covering the proper disposal of such materials.

• Administration and enforcement. The DEM administers the state's voluntary P2 program in Rhode Island.

Additional Guidance


Source reduction is the focus of the Rhode Island Center for Pollution Prevention, a joint effort of the University of Rhode Island's Department of Chemical Engineering, DEM, and the Narragansett Bay Commission.

Since 1987, URI faculty and students have examined more than 300 companies in a variety of industries, including metal finishers, textiles, food processors, and jewelers.

The Center for Pollution Prevention has significant experience in the industrial sector, including specific experience related to P2 opportunities connected with:

  • The textile industry
  • Food service facilities
  • Jewelry operations

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