The average household should pay about the same amount of money to dispose of its trash under PAYT as under the former permit fee. The former permit fee for non-senior households for one car was $255 for the year. (The second sticker cost $45.) The PAYT Working Group estimates that under PAYT, the average non-senior household will need 66 large bags a year for a total cost of $264 per year. Senior households paid $155 last year for a Transfer Station sticker. The Working Group estimates that under PAYT the average senior household will need 35 large bags per year for a total annual cost of $140.
These numbers assume that an additional 20% of household waste will be diverted into composting, recycling, and re-use. (Composters, take note: composting alone accounts for about 30% of household trash by weight.) Households that dispose of less than the average amount of trash will save money under PAYT.
For recycling and reuse tips, refer to WestonMA.gov/RSW for resources on how to reduce what goes into your trash bag. Mass DEP’s Recyclopedia is also a useful source of recycling information.
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