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No. Standard recycling items (e.g., cans, plastics, bottles, paper) will remain free.
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Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) is a system much like electricity, gas or telephone under which the user pays a basic amount (sticker) that covers fixed costs and then a user fee (bags) for the amount used.
You buy Town approved bags at stores where you usually shop. You put your trash in those bags and bring them to the Transfer Station to dispose of as you currently do with your trash.
The program began on July 1, 2011.
The Town implemented PAYT to offset the increasing costs of trash disposal. PAYT allows each household to control their volume of trash disposal and the associated costs with excess disposal. PAYT encourages recycling which benefits everyone.
No, many communities in Massachusetts currently utilize a PAYT program.
Pay-As-You-Throw Bag Fees
Transfer Station Sticker Fee
Our PAYT bags will be BLUE and will be imprinted with the Town Seal and Town specific information. The bags will be 1.25 to 1.5 ml in thickness with drawstrings.
Yes. Everyone bringing their trash to the Transfer Station will have to purchase the PAYT bags.
Residents may purchase bags at many local stores.
You will not be able to dispose of your trash at the Transfer Station until it’s in the proper bag.
There is no limit on the amount of PAYT bags you bring to the Transfer Station each week for disposal. The PAYT bag program is designed to offset the cost of trash disposal. Each resident controls how much they spend for their own trash disposal.
The Town regularly monitor areas which have historically had dumping issues. We use whatever means necessary to identify the offenders and fine them in accordance with Massachusetts State Law and Town Bylaws. We would encourage all citizens to report offenders as well as engage the cooperation of our citizens for the success of the program.
Non-routine items (e.g., refrigerators, TV’s, mattresses) can be dropped-off at the Transfer Station. A fee for each item will be charged to offset disposal costs.
Practice the 3 R’s:
Board of Health regulation requires private haulers to provide curb-side recycling.