Woonsocket’s yard waste collection is underway

Woonsocket’s yard waste collection is underway

WOONSOCKET – The city of Woonsocket offers the weekly pickup of yard waste solely to residents who live within single-family residences and multi-family houses containing no more than three units. The weekly curbside collection will occur on the regularly scheduled trash collection day through Friday, June 15.

The city considers grass clippings, small branches or weeds as yard waste and it may only be stored in either paper compost bags or lid-covered barrels set apart from household refuse and recyclables.

The exterior of each barrel must be clearly marked with the words “Yard Waste” to help easily identify its contents to city crews. Additionally, residents are asked to refrain from using tape or similar adhesive to secure any portion of the bags or barrels. Residents should place their containers at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled trash collection day.

As an alternative to curbside collection, Woonsocket residents can bring their yard waste in containers for emptying to the compost facility located off Mill Street in neighboring Blackstone. Its hours of operation are Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The facility requires Woonsocket residents to present a city-issued yard waste sticker upon arrival. Residents can purchase the $25 stickers from the Woonsocket Department of Public Works upon showing proof of residency, personal identification and a valid registration for a non-commercial vehicle.

“All yard waste stickers issued prior to January 2018 have expired,” noted city Supt. of Solid Waste Mike Debroisse.” Commercial vehicles are excluded from this program.

The DPW’s office is located at City Hall, 169 Main St., 3rd floor. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.