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1 Block Island Recycling Management | B.I.'s Recycling/Transfer Station

Block Island's Hometown Recycling Center

Household Trash - Recyclables - Contractor Trash - Appliances - Electronics...and more

Block Island's Hometown Recycling Center


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14 West Beach Road
P.O. Box 125
Block Island, RI 02807
(401) 466-2864

Accepted Materials and Rates

In the containers bin

  • Tin, aluminum and scrap metal: Aluminum and tin cans, foil, pie plates and empty aerosol canisters.
  • Glass, bottles and jars: Wine, beer, liquor and soda bottles, glass water bottles and glass jars. Please remove metal lids.
  • Plastic bottles and jugs: Containers up to 5 gallons, bottles (soda, shampoo, water), jugs (milk, juice, detergent), jars (mayo, peanut butter, jelly), tubs (butter, ice cream, margarine), plastic take-out containers, iced coffee cups, yogurt containers, plastic egg cartons. No plastic bags or foam containers.
  • Milk cartons and drink boxes: Milk and juice cartons, juice boxes, flavored-milk boxes and cream and creamer containers.

In the paper and cardboard bin

  • Mixed paper: Mail, envelopes, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, paper bags, shredded paper, paperback books, writing and computer paper.
  • Thin cardboard: Cereal boxes, show boxes, pizza boxes, paper egg containers, gift boxes and paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Newsprint: All newspaper, advertising and inserts.
  • Corrugated cardboard: All boxes and other corrugated cardboard, smooth on the outside, wavy in the middle.

We also take

  • Appliances and scrap metal: Washers, dryers, refrigerators and air conditioning units.
  • Auto tires and batteries
  • Motor oil and oil filters
  • Yard trimmings
  • Construction waste
  • Freon
  • Old bicycles
  • Electronics
  • Furniture

In some cases there are acceptance fees. Please see the rate schedule for fees.


  • plastic bags, bags of bags or recycling inside of bags
  • more than a trace of food/beverage residue
  • textiles or wood
  • paper shreds, napkins, tissues or paper towels
  • pans
  • drinking cups
  • hangers
  • foams containers
  • containers from flammable materials or oily chemicals

BIRM 2018 Price List

Bagged trash gets weighed at the scale house next to the compactor. Commercial trash gets weighed on the truck scale near the center’s exit.

 Trash, Demo, Brush .15¢/LB
Metal .05¢/LB
Commercial Cardboard, Metal, Recyclables .07¢/LB
Couches .15¢/LB
Televisions .15¢/LB


Stuffed Chairs  $5.00
Dressers $10.00
Grills $10.00
Hot Water Tanks $10.00
Stoves $10.00
Dishwashers $10.00
Washers and Dryers $10.00
Refrigerators $50.00
Air Conditioners $50.00
Car Batteries $3.00
Truck Batteries $5.00
Tire with Rim $10.00
Tire Without Rim $10.00
Push Lawnmowers $10.00
Bicycles $5.00
Large Microwave Oven $10.00
Small Microwave Oven $5.00
Truck Tires $100.00


Read the article about us in The Block Island Times House & Garden edition

Mattress and Box Spring Recycling

We are a Rhode Island Resource Recovery mattress and box spring recycling partner.

No cost, just drop off

The cost of mattress and box spring recycling is paid for when purchasing either in the state of Rhode Island. There is no cost for recycling when you drop off your old sleep set.

Mattress Acceptance Criteria

The state has guidelines for mattresses and box springs that can be accepted for recycling. Click HERE to read the guidelines before bringing your old sleep set for recycling.

Directions to the Recycling Center

The recycling center is located off of Corn Neck Road heading toward the North Light. From town, turn onto Corn Neck Road and keep going until you see the green BIRM sign on your left, just past Mansion Road, which will be on your right.

Ditch the Bags

Stop by Block Island Recycling Management and purchase a 40 Gallon blue recycling container for your home or office. They’re only $10 and easy to transport. Or feel free to use your own container. A plastic container makes small work of storing and transporting your recyclables. And unlike bags, you won’t have sticky fingers when done. Ewww.

The Dump Funnies: Compliments of Royal Bruce Ink

Recycling 101: The do’s and don’ts for recycling at B.I.R.M.


Recycle plastic containers up to 5 gallons

Exceptions: no plastic bags, foam, containers from auto fluid, paint strippers, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, compostable cups or containers that tear or shatter.



Recycle metal cans, foil and lids only

Exceptions: no foil-plastic hybrids (e.g. yogurt lids, juice pouches, chip and candy wrappers)



Recycle glass bottles and jars only

Exceptions: no broken bottles or jars



Recycle paper and cardboard that is mostly clean and dry only

Exceptions: no sanitary paper (e.g. napkins, tissues, paper towels) and no waterproof cardboard (e.g. fridge/freezer boxes, coffee cups)


Read the current CHASING ARROWS newsletter from the RIRRC

It’s full of news about Rhode Island’s current recycling initiatives

We’re open to your questions and comments.

Please feel free to send us a message.

    B.I.R.M. 14 West Beach Road, P. O. Box 125, Block Island, RI (401) 466-2864

    Illustrations ©2016 Royal Bruce Ink