The Town of Brewster is gearing up for the launch of its new Pay-As-You-Throw solid waste program. To mark the beginning of the program, a brief ceremony will be held at the town recycling center at 201 Run Hill Road on Thursday, October 3 from 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. Town officials will be on hand to toss the first Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) bags in the bin, according to the Town of Brewster website.
The official yellow PAYT bags are now available at the following stores in and around Brewster:
Stores marked with an asterisk will accept cash only for PAYT bags.
Bags are available in three sizes, in packages of five each: five 33 gallon bags for $10, five 15 gallon bags for $5 and five 8 gallon bags for $2.50.
Beginning in October, all refuse delivered to the transfer station in Brewster must be in official PAYT bags. According to the town, nothing has changed with the collection of recyclables.
The growing cost of shipping solid waste from the town off Cape led Brewster to explore money-saving option. According to the town, the only options were increasing the annual dump sticker price for residents, cutting funds in other ares to support the growing refuse costs or opt for a PAYT system. The Board of Selectment opted the third option which goes into effect on October 1, 2013.
The cost of an annual transfer station sticker has been cut from $110 to $45 and full- and part-time residents are no required to pay for the bags they will be tossing at the transfer station.
The PAYT system is lauded as a way for households to save money, by only paying for the trash they throw away. Residents are also encouraged to do more recycling and to compost in an effort to further lower their waste expenses.
For more information, visit the FAQ page on the Town of Brewster website or call the recorded information line at 508-896-4504.
After October 1, only PAYT bags will be accepted at the town's transfer station. Sandwich has had a PAYT system in place for severa years and other Cape towns including Yarmouth and Wellfleet are considering the idea.
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