Each single-family residence participating in automated recycling has two wheeled carts, one blue and one green. In June 2012, the City of Warwick switched to a single-stream recycling program, which means you can now mix all of your recyclables together and no longer have to separate recyclables into blue and green bins. You do not have to follow the alternating blue/green weeks. You can now place either cart (blue or green) at curbside. It is okay to mix your recyclables together. Paper can go in the blue cart; containers can be thrown in the green cart. We suggest filling one cart to the brim with mixed recyclables (make sure the lid can close), then start filling the next cart. Rolling out a full cart each week helps make our collections more efficient. If there is a need to put out the second recycling container, both containers must be full.
What is “No Cart, No Collection?” Under the new “No Cart, No Collection” policy in Warwick, you must place at least one recycling cart at curbside alongside your gray trash cart in order for your regular trash to be collected. If you do not have your recycling cart containing the appropriate materials out with your trash cart, your trash will not be picked up. Recycling carts must remain curbside until trash has been collected. Any trash carts not collected due to non-compliance must be removed from curbside no later than 8:00 pm on the designated collection day, and set out for collection the following week with a recycling cart. Carts must be placed at curbside by 7:00 am and after collection must be stored out of view. Only city-issued carts can be used for recycling collection.
Please refer to the Recycling Drop-Off Facility page.
Appliances, such as stoves, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, water heaters, etc. are part of Warwick’s mandatory recycling program. The city avoids costly tipping fees at the landfill by recycling appliances and generates income by selling the goods for scrap metal.
When recycling appliances, here are a few things to know:
- Residents must call 732-9589 for collection of their appliances.
- Put white goods at curbside on your regular trash day by 7:00 am.
- For safety sake, please remove all doors from refrigerators and freezers. Secure all other doors with tape.
- If you don't wish to wait for curbside pick-up, you may bring your goods to the Warwick Municipal Recycling Facility, open Monday - Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:00 pm (residential appliances only; no commercial appliances)
- Once the white goods are brought to the Municipal Recycling Facility, the CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) are removed from the refrigerators and air conditioners. These ozone-depleting chemicals must be separated into special tanks for resale or reuse before the goods can be sold for scrap. Eventually the metal in these goods will be recycled into appliances, car parts, toasters, etc rather than taking up space in our landfill.
When the holidays are over, most Warwick residents have a lot of extra material to dispose of...all that crumpled wrapping paper and those crunched up gift boxes. Most of that gift-wrap is recyclable, and you can help! The week after Christmas, we ask you to give all that unwanted paper and cardboard to Warwick’s mandatory Maximum Holiday Recycling Program. Don’t let all that material take up space in the landfill when it can be used over and over again as recycled paper. We are asking all Warwick residents to join together to recycle their used gift-wrap, cardboard, and gift boxes.
- Fill your extra recycling cart with wrapping paper and small cardboard boxes and put it out on the curb for collection, or you may drop off your recycling material at the Municipal Recycling Facility located behind the Mickey Stevens Sports Complex on Sandy Lane. (Closed on Saturdays, January - March).
- Use your extra recycling cart for the recycling of your gift-wrap, tissue paper, and small cardboard boxes.
- There are two kinds of gift-wrap that are not recyclable: paper and boxes that have a plastic or foil coating must be placed in the trash.
- Large cardboard boxes can be cut into smaller sections and placed in your recycling carts or may be dropped off at the Municipal Recycling Facility.
- Do not put paper and cardboard out in plastic bags.
- Please do not place non-recyclable items in your recycling carts.
Recyclable Items can be dropped off Monday - Saturday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Facility closed Saturdays, January - March