E-Waste & Household Hazardous Waste

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

e-waste
The Town of Portsmouth will host four E-Waste Collections in 2020 at Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane.  The attached flyer gives details of dates, times, and acceptable items.  Some items have a disposal fee charge, so please review the flyer and be prepared!  These E-Waste Collections are open to all Portsmouth residents.

Should residents need to drop off e-waste in between collections (or anytime), they 
may utilize the State E-waste collection program.  For full details of acceptable items, where State sites are located, and hours of operation, please go to RIRRC's web page on Electronic Waste.

Household Hazardous Waste & Eco-Depot Drop-off Events
Eco-Depot capture

See the Eco-Depot Hazardous Waste Drop-off Schedule with hazardous waste drop-off locations across the state.

Make a free appointment online to dispose of ANY household hazardous waste at RIRRC's Household Hazardous Waste Department or call (401) 942-1430 x 241.


Hazardous Waste


Household hazardous waste can NOT be brought to the Transfer Station or thrown in any trash. Hazardous materials are:
  • Corrosive/Caustic - Deteriorates metal and causes irreversible alteration of living tissue by chemical action
  • Flammable/Combustible - Ignites under most conditions
  • Reactive - Creates an explosion or produces deadly vapors
  • Toxic - Poisonous or lethal when ingested, absorbed, touched, or inhaled

Typical Household Hazardous Waste


Hazardous materials often bear labels like, "Danger," "Warning," "Caution," or "Poison." Common household hazardous wastes include:
  • Oil-based paints, stains and finishes
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Automotive fluids
  • Lawn and garden fertilizers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Thermometers and thermostats containing mercury