Central Falls, Rhode Island

Public Works

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide effective management, construction, and maintenance of City-owned infrastructure and facilities while maintaining the highest levels of customer service and professionalism in support of the City’s strategic goals and objectives.

Our department is instrumental in constructing, maintaining, repairing, and managing public property and infrastructure. Further, our responsibilities include the City’s streets, sidewalks, drainage, parks, facilities, landscaping, fleet, capital projects, and engineering. Additionally, the Department performs administrative functions including but not limited to grant preparation and administration, contract and project management.

Waste and Recycling Schedule

We pick up trash as well as recyclables on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All households are allowed to put one 36-gallon trash can, one 33-gallon trash bag and unlimited recyclables to the curb each week. Any additional trash must be placed in official orange trash bags which can be purchased for $1.25 each at the following locations in the City:

J.A. Landry Hardware
688 Broad Street
Sunshine Market
181 Washington Street

Recyclables no longer have to be sorted and can be put in an ordinary 36-gallon trash container as long as it has a yellow “EXTRA RECYCLING” sticker (supplied by the Central Falls Department of Public Works). Please download the Trash & Recycling Pick-Up Schedule for more information.

Yard Waste

Yard waste will be picked up on Fridays and should be put out on Thursday night (after 5pm).  Yard waste  should be put in brown paper leaf bags.  Bags should contain no rocks and no dirt and should weigh less than 25lbs.  YARD WASTE PUT OUT BEFORE 5PM ON THURSDAY EVENINGS WILL BE TICKETED.  In order to help cut costs, we recommend that residents implement compost programs for their yard waste.

Snow Removal

In the event of an ice or snow storm, we become first responders charged with clearing the roadways for emergy vehicles and the general public. To learn more about our plowing routes and other snow removal information, please download the Plowing & Sanding pamphlet. Should the Police Department declare a Parking Ban due to major snowfall, there are many parking lots throughout the city that residents can use for overnight parking, a list of which can be downloaded here.

Special Items

Large items will not be picked up with your regular weekly trash. The following items can be picked up by special appointment upon payment of the corresponding fee:

Air conditioners $15.00
Mattresses $15.00
Refrigerators $15.00
Box springs $10.00
Car tires $5.00
Televisions free
Monitors free
Computers free
Printers free
Keyboards free
Exercise Equipment free
Washers free
Dryers free
Stoves free
Space Heaters free
Dish Washers free
Hot Water Heaters free

Please call to schedule a pick-up appointment or complete this downloadable Request for Large Item Trash Pickup and either bring it or mail it to our High Street address atop the left-hand column of this web page.

Unfortunately, large items not listed above will not be picked up by the City.  Residents are free to bring such unlisted large waste items to the Pawtucket Transfer Station or to the RI Central Landfill. Relevant charges will apply.

Pawtucket Transfer Station
130 Grotto Ave
Pawtucket, RI
(401) 728-0500
RI Central Landfill
65 Shun Pike
Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 942-1430

Hazardous Wastes

We all have hazardous waste lurking in our homes: oven cleaner, window cleaner, flea collars, nail polish remover, oil based paint in rusty old paint cans. Anything that has a skull and crossbones on the label, or the words “poison”, “hazardous”, “danger”, or cautions you to properly ventilate the area while cleaning, is household hazardous waste and must notbe thrown in with your trash. Instead, please schedule an appointment to deliver such waste to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation at (401) 942-1430 ext. 241.

How You Can Help

Street Light Repair

If you see a street light that is out, broken, dim, noisy, on during the day, or has any other problems please report the issue by calling National Grid at 1-800-322-3223 or by reporting online at https://www1.nationalgridus.com/StreetLight-RI-RES?ng=us.

Other Issues

Because of budget constraints, staff reductions, and lack of equipment, the City’s Department of Public Works is asking our home and business owners to please sweep and weed whack your sidewalks. Together, we can all make our neighborhoods clean and proud.If you see a problem in the City – a pothole that needs fixing, a broken curb, trash improperly stored, health nuisances or anything else that negatively impacts your quality of life – please let us know by filling out the form below:

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