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With the arrival of September, The City of Newport reminds residents of two collection programs available for disposing of waste at the curb in addition to the city-issued recycling and trash carts.

The Overflow Trash Program allows residents to purchase at a handful of local retailers specially colored and marked 33 gallon plastic trash bags to supplement carts. Bags are sold in rolls of 5 for $12. With overage items, residents are first asked to recycle and compost as much as possible before sending items to the landfill.

The complete list of local retailers offering these bags is available at: www.cityofnewport.com/cleancity. This store list is subject to change, so please call store location to confirm bag availability.

The other program available to residents is The Bulky Item Collection program. All Bulky items that do not fit inside your city-issued carts require a pre-paid bulky waste sticker to be affixed to the item and an appointment made through Waste Management to be eligible for curbside collection. With Bulky Items, residents are first asked to recycle and donate items that are recyclable or may still be of use to others before sending items to the landfill.

The three easy steps for Bulky Item collection are outlined below:

  1. Purchase Bulky Item waste stickers at the Collections Office in City Hall, 43 Broadway. Stickers come in $15 increments and are payable by cash or check.
  2. Call Waste Management at (401)847-0230 to schedule an appointment for pick-up.
  3. Affix stickers to your item(s) and place them on the curb outside your address on the scheduled collection day before 6:30am. Collections take place on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.