Transfer Station & Solid Waste

Portsmouth Transfer Station

Access the Transfer Station facility to see details such as hoursholiday closures and other useful information regarding this town resource. 

Please review and follow Transfer Station Rules to ensure a safe and smooth traffic flow at the Hedly Street Transfer Station.  2019 Hedly Street Transfer Station Rules and Application

All residents are required to display a valid Transfer Station sticker to use either the Hedly Street Transfer Station or the Prudence Island Transfer Station.

How the Transfer Station is Funded

The Transfer Station is run as an "Enterprise Fund," meaning the sale of stickers, net proceeds of PAYT bags, and any recycling rebates and sale of metal are meant to cover all costs of the Transfer Station.  No monies collected from fees, sticker sales, PAYT bag sales, or rebates of any kind go into the town general fund.  Any surplus or deficit in the fund at the end of the year gets carried forward to the same Enterprise Fund.

Application and Rules

Transfer Station - PAY-AS-YOU-THROW (PAYT)

Both the Hedly Street Transfer Station and the Prudence Island Transfer Station have converted to Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) facilities.  Household waste must be disposed of in specially-marked Town-approved bags that you are able to purchase at area stores. The list of area stores can be found at

For additional PAYT information go to:

Portsmouth Transfer Station Sticker Program


Sale of Stickers

Each household must purchase a sticker for entry to the Transfer Station. The 2019 Portsmouth Transfer Station stickers are on sale at the Tax Collector's window at Town Hall. Stickers for 2019 cost $180, with the second sticker per household remaining at $10.

Please note that sticker sharing between households is not permitted and will be investigated.  Each year, your previous year's sticker is good for entry at the Transfer Station until January 31 of the next year, i.e., 2018 sticker is good until January 31, 2019.

For all Transfer Station stickers requested, a valid vehicle registration (or copy) showing a Portsmouth address must be presented at the Tax Collector's window. Otherwise, two of the following documents displaying the resident’s name and Portsmouth address must be provided:

• Utility bill • Military orders to a local base • Signed lease • Property tax bill • Automobile insurance policy 
• Company letter stating that the resident has exclusive use of the vehicle

To purchase a sticker by mail:
1.  Complete a Transfer Station sticker application:
2. Enclose:
    • Completed application
    • Proof of residency document(s) (listed above)
    • Check payable to “Town of Portsmouth” for correct amount
    • Self-addressed stamped envelope
3.  Mail (or place in tax payment drop box located at Town Hall) to:
Transfer Station Sticker Program
2200 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI  02871-1268

NOTE:  The Town of Portsmouth is not responsible for stickers lost once mailed from Town Hall.  There will be a $10.00 fee to replace a lost sticker.

Transfer Station stickers can be paid by cash, check or credit card.


Vehicles Transferred/Windshield Replaced:  Remove the current sticker from windshield and present it at Town Hall with new vehicle registration (if applicable) to obtain a free replacement sticker.

Please see our Portsmouth Recycles page for recycling and diversion information provided at the Transfer Station and around town.

Recycling Information from RIRRC

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp (RIRRC) has a handy A-Z list if you have a specific item you want to research.