Recycling Options at the Transfer Station

What is Recycled at the Transfer Station?


View photos and learn more about the many materials our Portsmouth Transfer Station 
accepts:  
  • Glassplastic and metal recycling
  • Cardboard and mixed paper recycling
  • Yard waste, leaves and branches (please cut into 3-foot-lengths and bundle with cotton, jute or other biodegradable twine)
  • Books, CDs, DVDs, VHS (in donatable condition)
  • Textiles: clothing, linens and towels
  • Construction waste, demolition debris (C & D) - Residents with a valid Transfer Station sticker may bring a car trunk-load or one 32-gallon barrel of their own residential C & D to the Transfer Station free per day. Pick-up trucks, vans or large SUV with C & D may bring one load to the Transfer Station per day for a $75 fee/load. No trailers will be allowed. Separate bricks, concrete and stone.
  • Asphalt, Bricks and Concrete (ABC) - Residents with a valid Transfer Station sticker may bring a car trunk-load or one 32-gallon barrel of their own residential ABC to the Transfer Station free per day. No trailers will be allowed. Separate metals, wood and glass.
  • Scrap metal
  • Mattresses and box springs -  Give away new or gently used mattress and box spring in the "FREE" section of Craigslist.orgFreeCycle.orgor “Aquidneck Island Families Sell & Swap” at Facebook.
Mattress and box spring disposal on Prudence Island will cost $15. Portsmouth or Prudence Island residents with a valid Transfer Station sticker may bring mattresses and box springs to the Main transfer Station at no charge through the Bye Bye Mattress program.

Anyone may bring mattresses and box springs to Ace Mattress Recycling (free of charge) or to Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). Learn more by calling the RIRRC scale house at 401-942-1430 ext. 101.

Mattresses and box springs must be relatively clean and dry. They cannot be severely damaged, twisted, wet, frozen, soiled or infested with bed bugs. Mattresses in this condition will be treated as trash and incur a $50 per unit disposal fee.

The Bye Bye Mattress program does not apply to fold-out sofa beds, air mattresses, futons/furniture, crib mattresses, water beds, car beds, bedding and loose mattress toppers which should go in the regular trash.

The Portsmouth Transfer Station charges a small fee for disposal of these items:  
  • Tires (no rims) - $5 each

Additional Resources


View the RIRRC guidelines to learn more about what can be recycled here. View the RIRRC A-Z List with instructions for recycling, reuse or proper disposal of hundreds of products!