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Portsmouth Looks to Remove Trash Barrels at Beaches, Parks

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Town Council is eyeing a proposal to remove all trash barrels and pickup at all town properties, except at Sandy Point Beach during the beach season. 

A trash bin in Island Park is shown here during the summer of 2019. This photo was taken before the Carry In/Carry Out pilot program began in mid-August. (Credit: Island Park Preservation Society)

Brian Woodhead, Director of Public Works, is proposing the town stop all trash pickup and remove barrels from parks and beaches. The proposal would save the town $2,896 per year, according to Woodhead. 

Instead, the town would implement a “Carry In/Carry Out” trash policy for all town properties, except at Sandy Point Beach during the beach season. 

Read Woodhead’s entire proposal to the council here: 


If implemented, Portsmouth officials would remove trash barrels at the following town properties:

  • Glen Park, Linden Lane
  • Weaver Cove Boat Ramp
  • Glen Manor parking area
  • Redwood Farm playground
  • McCorrie Beach
  • Corys Lane
  • Turnpike Avenue playground
  • Senior Center ball field
  • Bristol Town Common
  • Island Park playground
  • Melville upper ponds
  • Portsmouth Dog Park
  • Melville lower parking area
  • Elmhurst Park

The town currently manages 27 trash barrels at 16 different locations. The Public Works Department empties the barrels twice per week. 

The proposal comes after the implementation of a Carry In/Carry Out pilot program at Island Park on Aug. 16. 

According to Woodhead, the pilot program “worked out well.” However, during the first two weekends of the pilot program in Island Park, neighborhood groups and residents held beach cleanups. 

According to the Island Park Preservation Society, volunteers picking up trash during the first weekend of the pilot program saw an overall reduction.

The Town Council will discuss the new Carry In/Carry Out proposal at the regular council meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

What do you think about the Carry In/Carry Out proposal? Tell us in the comment section and poll below.

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