E-waste, Memorial Day & composting: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

Urinetown continues this weekend at the Assembly Theatre.

Compost bins

The town of Burrillville’s Department of Public Works is now offering backyard compost bins to residents for a cost of $35. The department notes that the average person throws away nine times their own body weight in waste each year, and as much as 30 percent of that is food scraps. Composting reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfill, which can save the town money on tipping fees.

Learn more and view the full announcement from the town here.


If you missed Swamp Meadow Community Theatre’s performance of Urinetown, the Musical over the weekend, you still have a chance to catch the show at the Assembly Theatre. Additional performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 25, 26 and 27, at 7 p.m.

“This dark, social and political satire is set in a fictional future where a terrible 20-year drought has crippled a city’s water supplies,” notes a write-up on the show. Water is so scarce that the government enforces a ban on all private toilets in an effort to control water consumption. Citizens who try to circumvent the peeing-fee by relieving themselves in the bushes, risk being taken away to “Urinetown”, a mysterious place where many have been sent but no one ever return.”

Tickets cost $20, or $15 for seniors and students and can be purchased here.


The town of Burrillville will hold an E-waste collection on Saturday, May 27, rain or shine, at the Public Works building at 200 Clear River Drive from 9 a.m. to noon. Items accepted at no charge include electronics such as computers, TVs, laptops, inkjet printers, stereos and more. Other items, such as laser jet printers, can be disposed for a $10 fee. A complete list can be found on the Burrillville Parks & Recreation Facebook page.

No appointment is required.

Memorial Day observance

The Allied Veterans Council of Burrillville will sponsor a Memorial Day observance at Freedom Park in Harrisville on Monday, May 29 starting at 11 a.m. The event will feature guest speakers, the Burrillville High School Band and select chorus, veterans and honor guard. There will also be an observance at the Berard-Desjarlais monument in Nasonville at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend both ceremonies.

Questions can be directed to Commander Raymond Trinque at raytrank101@cox.net or (401) 651-5634.

Town meetings

The Pascoag Fire District has cancelled the special meeting originally scheduled for Monday, May 22. The district was scheduled to vote on a potential settlement of the lawsuit with firefighters and the selling of district assets. We will publish information once the meeting is rescheduled. Read more on the issue here.

The Burrillville Board of Canvassers will hold a meeting on Tuesday, May 23 starting at 10 a.m. at the town building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Sewer Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, May 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 141 Clear River Drive. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Redevelopment Agency will hold a meeting on Tuesday, May 23 starting at 7 p.m. in the community room of Jesse Smith Memorial Library. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Town Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 24 starting at 7 p.m. in the town building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

A bonus ‘thing’

On  Wednesday, May 24, the Burrillville Democratic Town Committee will hold their monthly meeting in the Jesse Smith Memorial Library, conference room. For more information contact burrillvilletowndc@gmail.com.

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