Recycling Options at the Transfer Station

What is Recycled at the Transfer Station?


For information on Recycle Together RI, visit RIRRC.  To see detailed information on what to put in your recycling, as well as what not to put in your recycling, review RIRRC's mixed recycling guidelines here.

Learn more about the many materials our Hedly Street Transfer Station accepts:
  • Glass bottles and jars, plastic containers and metal cans, lids and foil recycling
  • Cardboard, cartons and mixed paper recycling.  Cartons should be rinsed.  No shredded paper, napkins, tissues or paper towels! Flatten your cardboard and no larger than 3' x 5' please!
  • Acceptable yard waste:  Leaves, twigs, and grass clippings. Branches and brush no larger than 2" in diameter cut into 3-foot-lengths. Yard waste must be placed into paper leaf and lawn bags or placed into containers no greater than 64-gallons for fast and easy disposal at the Transfer Station. No dirt, stumps larger than 2" in diameter, litter or plastic bags allowed in yard waste.
  • Books, CDs, DVDs, VHS (in donatable condition) - donation bin
  • Textiles: clothing, linens and towels - donation bins
  • Construction and demolition debris (C & D) and Asphalt, Brick and Concrete (ABC) - Small loads for residents' personal projects only, up to 32-gallons or its equivalent of C & D or ABC, may be disposed of in the C & D or ABC bin at the Transfer Station at no charge, once per day.  This service is available only to residents with a valid Transfer Station sticker and is for residential C & D and ABC only.
  • Trailers are not allowed in the Transfer Station.

    Any load larger than 32-gallons may be disposed of in the C & D or ABC bin for a $75 fee, once per day.  This service is available only to residents with a valid Transfer Station sticker and is for residential C & D and ABC only.  In order to dispose of loads larger than 32-gallons, residents are required to pay at the Tax Collector’s office in Town Hall located at 2200 East Main Road between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Please provide your pass to the gate security guard when you arrive at the Transfer Station to dispose of your C & D or ABC.  No one day passes allowed for C & D or ABC.

    Examples of acceptable C & D include:  • wood (including painted, treated and coated wood and wood products) • wall coverings • plaster • plumbing fixtures • glass • sheetrock/ wallboard/drywall (less than 5% in a load, by volume) • non-asbestos insulation • roofing shingles and other roofing coverings • electrical wiring and components containing no hazardous liquids, and pipe and metals that are incidental to any of the above.

    C & D loads cannot contain:  • garbage • corrugated container board • carpeting • furniture
    • appliances • tires • items regulated as hazardous waste • asbestos waste • electrical fixtures containing hazardous liquids such as fluorescent light ballasts or transformers for fluorescent lights • 55-gallon drums • fuel tanks.

    C & D is not allowed in the compactor pits.

    ABC:  concrete, asphalt, brick, and rock must be free of debris and litter.

  • Scrap metal
  • Mattresses and Box Springs - Give away new or gently used mattress and box spring in the "FREE" section of Craigslist.org, FreeCycle.orgor “Aquidneck Island Families Sell & Swap” on Facebook.
If dropped at PI Transfer Station, the fee is $50.00 each paid in cash or check payable to “Town of Portsmouth” at PI Transfer Station.

If brought to the Hedly Street Transfer Station in a vehicle with a Transfer Station sticker:  when in clean, dry and in recyclable condition – free if placed in mattress container. Call the Hedly Street Transfer Station at 401.293.5865 first to ensure space is available in mattress container prior to bringing recyclable mattress or box spring. 

When in wet, damaged, or contaminated condition or if mattress container is full:  $50. Pay fee at the Tax Collector’s Office prior to going to the Hedly Street Transfer Station.

Free mattress program is brought to you by the Bye Bye Mattress program. The free mattress program does not apply to fold-out sofa beds, air mattresses, futons, crib mattresses, water beds, car beds, bedding and loose mattress toppers, which should be disposed of as bulky waste.

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.
The Portsmouth Transfer Station charges $5 for disposal of passenger tires (no rims) and $10 for disposal of truck tires.

All fees should be paid at the Tax Collector's office at Town Hall prior to disposal at the Transfer Station.

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!