Recycling Options at the Transfer Station
View photos and learn more about the many materials our Portsmouth Transfer Station
- Glass, plastic 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; no larger than 2" in diameter)
- 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.org, FreeCycle.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. PLEASE CALL THE TRANSFER STATION AT 401-293-5865 TO MAKE SURE THERE IS ROOM IN THE MATTRESS CONTAINER BEFORE BRINGING YOUR MATTRESS TO THE TRANSFER STATION. If your mattress is thrown into the pit instead of the Bye Bye Mattress container THERE WILL BE A $50 CHARGE.
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.
- Propane tanks (empty)
- Used motor oil or heating oil (maximum 10 gallons/day)
- Large Appliances / White Goods: washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, water heaters, etc.
- Large Appliances with Freon: refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
- Furniture - Always try to donate to
- Tires (no rims) - $5 each