Rhode Island Recycling regulations & environmental compliance analysis

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 and regulations at 250 Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR)-140-20-1 and 250 RICR-140-20-2

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Recycling electronics: Electronic Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling Act, RI Gen. Laws 23-24.10-1 to 23-24.10-17

Solid waste recycling:

Municipal solid waste: 250-RICR-140-20-2

Commercial and nonmunicipal residential solid waste: 250-RICR-140-20-1

Recyclables segregated from commercial solid waste: 250-RICR-140-20-1.6(A)

Recyclables segregated from nonmunicipal residential solid waste: 250-RICR-140-20-1.6(B)

Commercial solid waste annual report: 250-RICR-140-20-1.8

Amending the commercial solid waste recyclables list: 250-RICR-140-20-1.6(D)

Waste tire recycling: RI Rule 12.030.025-5

Regulatory Agencies

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

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC)

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 HAZARDOUS WASTE DETERMINATION 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 ...

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