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Pay-As-You-Throw Trash Program Begins July 1

The town is encouraging residents to recycle by requiring those who use the transfer stations to dispose of their trash in designated orange trash bags.

Be prepared to see orange trash bags on the shelves when doing your grocery shopping.

Stating July 1, residents who currently use one of Plymouth's transfer stations will be required to place their trash in orange trash bags as part of the town's new Pay-as-you-throw program. The new program goes into effect in July, and will be fully operational beginning next January. Starting then residents will have two choices: Dispose their trash at the Manomet transfer station, or join the automated curbside trash pickup service with single-stream recycling.

The PAYT bags are for solid waste only and not recyclable items. Recyclable items will continue to be disposed of at the transfer stations as they are now. The new Plymouth orange trash bags will be available at retail outlets throughout Plymouth prior to July 1 and will cost $1.25 each and will be available in a roll of five bags for $6.25. A complete list of the retailers that will carry the bags will be posted on Plymouth's website in the near future.

According to a release issued by the Town Manager's Office, the new PAYT program will allow Plymouth to "significantly increase recycling and reduce the amount of trash it pays to dispose of, considerably reducing the cost of this service to residents. It will also create a far more fair and efficient trash collection program for everyone where residents who recycle no longer subsidize trash collection for their neighbors--who may not recycle."

By charging a dollar per bag, the town is trying to encourage residents to recycle more trash: "Remember, by recycling more you’ll produce less trash which means you’ll use fewer trash bags. The new SMART PAYT program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs."

In the coming weeks, the DPW will roll out web page for the town’s new SMART PAYT program.

To learn more about the benefits of SMART PAYT programs, visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection or call the Plymouth Department of Public Works at 508-830-4162 ext. 100 with any questions.


Belinda Brewster May 06, 2013 at 02:03 PM
On Tuesday night, the BOS will approve the new rates. The rates will be significantly LESS than what you are paying now for your dump sticker. Residents can then choose between curbside with single-stream recycling pickup or transfer station with recycling drop-off, or for complete flexibility you can choose to do both. Rates will differ on what you choose to do. And there is no evidence in the towns that have already switched to curbside that illegal dumping increases because of curbside.
Peggie May 06, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I intend to continue using my private hauler.
Pat Baker May 06, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Oh, ok! As long as people will be encouraged to recycle more, and the current recycling facility will be expanded, that is a good thing.
Michael Steele May 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM
I disagree Belinda.. Look next to dollar tree.. the TONS of tires that were dumped there, mattresses, bags and more and that is only ONE section of town that is now purchased and being cleaned up by the purchasers. You certainly sound like a town employee Miss Brewster.. What do my increased taxes pay every year? Where does all the money from Pay to Park in town go? The town looks like a dump with it's horrible patched roads, the islands in the roads that grow weeds up to 4 feet high every year, the trash all along the sides of the roads even though we house inmates in this very town.. What about the elderly, disabled, fixed income and welfare families that are plentiful here in Plymouth? Do we tell them we don't care about you. Carver's dump ran for $50 per year for residents. MUCH cheaper than Plymouth ever was. This town continues to kill it's average people and we elect them same idiots into office that continue to squeeze us. We do not all live in the Pine Hills and have summer homes in Florida.. It's about time we take out the trash of the old time thinkers and get new blood in to fix this towns bleeding!!
Concerned citizen May 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I am sick and tired of seeing lazy people throw everything in the rubbish so hopefully this will put a stop to that. Be responsible people....RECYCLE!! Not too sure I'm happy about the bag thing, but I can see that something needs to be done.
Michael Steele May 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Point well taken. Used to live in a town that had curbside and on Wednesdays would come by and pick up recycles in the blue bin they supplied you. Lets all watch the 56+ thousand residents use ONE transfer station.. Population: 56,468 (2010) and continued to increase. Unemployment rate: 7.1% (Dec 2012) Right in line with the U.S. unemployment rate just put on at 7.5%.. This is NOT a wealth ridden town and people moved here over other towns because it was once considered a town for the average family.. now they want to run it like Duxbury...
Michael Steele May 06, 2013 at 03:39 PM
What you are failing to see "concerned citizen" is that those same people are NOT going to go out of their way to be responsible. The people that recycle now will continue to do so and maybe do so a little more. Those other people will certainly find there own place to "dump" what they can't otherwise do legally. I've seen plenty of the "unauthorized dump areas" around town. Plymouth itself will only now be littered with more trash than it already is. Just look around you sometime. I love when I visit other towns or states and you DON'T see trash all over the place.. you notice right away how clean it is. Look at what the town did letting a Nuke plant in... they don't ever think or plan ahead for the what if's... sad.
Valerie Williamson May 06, 2013 at 04:06 PM
This is an awful decision Not only will there be illegal dumping .Have the people even thought that people will start burning all their trash to avoid paying . There will be a lot of TOXIC FUMES what a SHAME.
Michael Steele May 06, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Thank you Valerie. I wanted someone else to mention it but you are 100% correct. There will be illegal dumping and yes, YOUR OWN NEIGHBORS will start to burn their own trash to avoid paying because things are high enough around here as it is. I know I don;t trust my neighbor behind me who is constantly burning stuff and we live in a wooded area. What happens when those embers spark a fire and I loose life or property because the town could care less? Yes, the fumes that will now enter our air that we breathe. People illegaly burn now, it will only become worse and on those windy days when you see the fire department spending more and more taxpayer money to put out fires you will know why... what a POORLY thought out plan. If nothing else Plymouth there should be curb side recycle pickup once a week and how is it fair for a single family home compared to a home that may have 3, 4 , 5, 6 or more occupants? They should be burdened because they chose to have a family and raise them here in Plymouth? Maybe we should all go on section 8 and let the state take care of all of our expenses and watch America's Hometown fall to the "dumps" it has already started doing...
Belinda Brewster May 07, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Rates for using the new curbside pickup and single-stream recycling will be $80. To continue at the Manomet Transfer Station will be $50 Current dump sticker is $186. Private haulers cost anywhere from $400 to $700. What the town is offering is considerably less expensive than what is being charged now. And with curbside you get single-stream recycling. That means every recyclable item goes into one container -- paper. plastic, bottles, cardboard all in one container. That makes recycling very easy. Plymouth currently recycles at a level of 18% to 20%. PAYT and single-stream recycling should double even triple our recycling rates. Our contract to dispose of solid waste ends on January 1, 2015. The town's disposal fees will triple. The only way to offset that cost is to lower our solid waste and increase recycling. The Department of Environmental Protection say that there is NO data that curbside increases illegal dumping. If you can find the statistic to prove your point, please show me. 75% of Massachusetts towns already offer curbside pickup. Please use some facts to back up your comments.
Valerie Williamson May 07, 2013 at 02:44 AM
I do not need facts from E.P.A. to back up my comments .I need only common sense.What good will recycling do if the air we have to breath is polluted by people that decide to save a buck by burning plastic waste and such.Mike Steele is right on track with his concern of fires in neighbor hoods. I saw a home burn down across from mine just last night.The fire had nothing to do with burning trash but my point is we do not have hydrants on my West Plymouth street.It was frustrating for Fire men and family to see that nice home go to ruin.There are people in Plymouth that rent.Their Landlords take responsibility for their trash removal .Good luck with those many tenants caring about the recycling.It will be quite interesting these futer studies you find so significant in this important future night mare.I fear for our environment in Plymouth Mass. now more than ever.
Michael Steele May 07, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Right on board w/ you Valerie. That is what many in this town lacks, common sense. Belinda still has yet to state that she does not work for the town which I called her out on. I don't need facts for illegal dumping when common sense & my own eyes already show me what is going on right now while the town chooses to turn a blind eye. FACT: The lot that abutted Dollar tree/Ocean State Job lot was until just bought 1 of the dumping grounds. Trash bags, Mattresses,about 100 rubber tires stack high by the contractors doing work there. There are many other sites all across Plymouth that this is already happening in & if you think it will be better with the closing of the transfer station then please tell me the fairytale land you live in because I want to live there too. I could easily ride through this town & show you the make shift dumping areas that at least I have seen. Most are on deserted lots , power line trails, abandoned cranberry bogs, roadsides. I don't need facts that curbside will increase illegal dumping. It is already happening & if it is happening now, fact is it will increase. Like Valerie stated, I too have seen many people burning... no matter what it is all in their backyards. Also in unfavorable and windy conditions. All it takes is one spark to start a fire. Most of these people do not even have the proper space or area to do any burning. Not to mention the people I see dump in other companies dumpsters behind buildings. Pretty much common sense.
Michael Steele May 07, 2013 at 01:16 PM
You are so right Valerie as well. Plymouth is full of renters.. does anyone think many of these renters care less about recycling or saving money? Do you realize how many section 8 families live in Plymouth and I mean no disrespect but cannot afford what is being proposed. The retired on their $1000 a month social security checks? The disabled? I will state again, Plymouth keeps raising rates on everything.. first it's pay as you park , now it's pay as you throw?? Taxes go up and up each year but i really don't see where this money is being put to good use. What's next Plymouth? The first roads with tolls? More police traffic stops to get revenue? What is your next lunatic idea? I know so many towns that do more with less. Just drive around the Commonwealth and it is evident or you have a friend or family member that lives in another city or town. If this is "America's Hometown" it should be ashamed of itself as it sets a POOR example for the rest of our glorious country.
Michael Steele May 07, 2013 at 01:20 PM
"Rates for using the new curbside pickup and single-stream recycling will be $80" - You forgot to mention the cost of the $1.25 per bag to that. Add that up over a year for an average family of 4.. So because people choose to have a family they should be penalized. Again, lets all just quit our jobs, stay at home and let the towns and federal government pick up the tab as that is certainly what continues to be promoted.. what is the incentive to work? To give your hard earned money away? I think not.
Michael Steele May 07, 2013 at 04:00 PM
You forgot one HUGE inclusion. The inclusion of the cost of small, orange trash bags that one MUST purchase. At $1.25... If a family has just 3 bags a week the cost per year is now $195 PLUS The cost of disposal leaving people paying MORE than what they did with a transfer sticker. With a larger family or just adding ONE extra bag a week that costs now JUMPS to $260 a year, WELL over a transfer sticker PLUS that does not include the additional costs of disposal SO the truth is a family could be looking at a bill of $340 a year vs your $186... and how about those seniors or handicapped that received a discount on their transfer sticker? So to say that "What the town is offering is considerably less expensive than what is being charged now" is a spin on words and in FACT: A LIE....
Casey Meserve May 07, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I must say that as a renter for four years in a city with pay-as-you-throw trash pick up and sorted recycling, that it worked while I lived there. In the city's poorest neighborhoods trash barrels, green bags, and green recycling bins filled to the brim lined the streets. Recycling went up and trash fees decreased.
Michael Steele May 07, 2013 at 06:48 PM
That's great Casey. I would be optimistic too if I have not seen all the illegal dumping as it is even with a transfer station open. If it is being done at the rate it is now, then I can only imagine what will happen after. How did your poorer sections afford paying close to if not $400 a month for trash removal? I know my mother who lives in town is on social security and gets $1200 a month to live on. Trash would be a third of her pay.. I guess she can skip her diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure and others meds she needs to take. When your dead you don't have to worry about trash removal.
Casey Meserve May 07, 2013 at 07:14 PM
As a single person with too many cats, I only go through 4 bags of trash a month, but I recycle like a crazy person (my landlord has a private hauler who takes recycling).
Valerie Williamson May 08, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Michael Steele I am sure you have caught on by now that Casey Meserve and Belinda Brewster are partners in crime in this garbage. They do have vested interest in this pay for bag thing. I am sure we cant prove it as money would be paid to them out of some kind of tax free grant or stipend of some sort .Perhaps We should go to Dollar tree and Job lot area and take photos of the large amount of illegal dumped mattresess tires and other junk.I do know for a FACT that you are sincere with truth in that trashy mess as I shop there and took my dog for walk from car when he had to pee.It was so bad.I could tell poor homeless people also were creeping there as they would not get caught .There are many places like that that people would dump anything.If you Google Belinda Brewster you will see an article where she states she believes there must be a better way to promote Recycling than making people pay up.She did not agree for bottle deposit when it could be done with better education. as opposed to just always asking for money.I myself would much rather pay that nickel for bottles than 125. for a dam trash bag every time I want to clean things from my home. Also I used to care for disabled elderly they are so frugal and concervative [most] that they would use Stop n Shop or Shaws food bags to put their trash in.The stress for them is so unfair. The srteets in Plymouth and parts of woods not seen will never be tidy now.Oh and Casey To bad we wernt all single in Ply.No Waste
Casey Meserve May 08, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I removed the previous comment because it did not adhere to Patch's Terms of Use.
Casey Meserve May 08, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Not really sure how I have a vested interest in the town's solid waste plan. I simply offered my experience with PAYT. Also, when I wasn't single and had a family of 3 with 3 cats we recycled and only had one bag of trash a week.
Michael R. Landers May 08, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Belinda, Where will bags be available for $1 as the retailers will charge $1.25 each? Also, if the other two transfer stations will be open until January, will there be an option to utilize the transfer stations until then and then make a decision as to using curbside or private haulers after that?
Michael Steele May 08, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Thank GOD Valerie that there is another voice of sanity here. They way this who thing is spun is just way out of control. What does Plymouth do with the money that it takes in? Why does it not try to grow it's tourism as it is "Americas Hometown" Look what happened with Plymouth Rock Studios. Look at the TRASH and DEBRIS that the walmart plaza has brought to the area. Are they responsible for clean-up? No , our tax money is. This town is run half a** backwards. A town that is always trying to find a way to make a buck but then who knows where it goes. It is a tragedy. Casey, I'm sorry but i am to believe that you as one person had just one bag AND as a family of 3 still only had one bag?? Am I really to believe that? Sorry, I just cannot buy it. 3 people for the price of one bag when you use one now alone?? The Math does NOT add up.
Michael Steele May 08, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I am ALL FOR PLYMOUTH, I think it could be a great town but the decisions that this town makes is dated back to 1620. Good example. The Plymouth 400 Comm. License Plate. They took peoples money back in November of 2012 and stated they were ready to move forward. They only needed 1,500 people to pay for it. They are only in the low hundreds now. This with a town of a population of over 57,468?? and you cannot scrape up 1500 people??? What does that say about the state of this town. It is a shame!! and a sham!! I used to walk and clean my street every week before going to the dump.. picking up all the Wendys and Walmart and Macdonald's bags.. all the beer cans and other trash that littered my street. The town NEVER does it, will I do it any more? No, I'd have to pay! All this when I was doing something good for my community. It sickens me the way this town is run. Valerie, I am glad you know the one spot that I am speaking of. It is getting cleaned up but only because someone bought the land. There are still many other dumping grounds around Plymouth already. They want it to be a dump. Here is a town that barely has any sidewalks either. The old 44 is a death road (caver road) because people fly down it. The police drive around in their fancy sporty new police cars but where is the safety? Seriously, no one ever goes into anything into this town looking at the long term affect. What happened to cheaper electric because we housed a nuclear plant? Again, lies & lies
Michael Steele May 08, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Valerie, Please notice how Belinda Brewster stopped talking when her "facts" from other agency's did not pan out. Or the fact that she could not ignore the FACT that there are already illegal dump sites all through Plymouth. let's just change the sign now when entering town to America's Home Dump.. So concerned about trash that they do not even do anything with the coastline and historic value they have for tourism. No, we wil just whack out residents and tax payers, care less about the poor, disabled and elderly who like you said often wrap up trash in a stop and shop or walmart bag. Now they will have to worry about do I throw away my trash or do I pick up my medicine? Brewster does not care. None of them seem to.. time to GET THEM OUT!!!
Susan Wentworth May 09, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Micheal S and Valerie, I have a family of 7 and in the summer a household around 9. Teenage boys who eat package after package of food. Papers from school, trash more trash. We pay $400 a year now for trash pickup from a private hauler. I was testing with this new system at our house how much I would be putting in a recycle bin and what I would be putting in a "orange $1.50 trash bag". Even in my house as we calculated what we would not have to pay for (recycling) will be a full roll out trash bin and we would barely use one "pay as you throw bag" a week. So in our instance it would work out to be about $158 a year instead of $400. This does not encourage me to dump things illegally. The cost of a dump pass now would have cost me $186.00 a year. So I will be getting curbside pick up save fuel and have the convienence of curbside for $28 less than it was for me to get a dump pass. I hope everyone goes to a store to buy the trash bags they use now, so if the orange bags are there they should be easy enough to pick up. The tires, TV's etc are still going to be a problem. People need to pay $15 per tv and by the pound at higher rates to dispose of them. That is a seperate problem. I think that both of you have some strong feelings about many issues in town. I would hope that if you are not already, you will become involved with the process and run for an office such as Town Meeting member, Finance Committee or even Selectman and work towards making a difference.
Michael Steele May 09, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Susan, Thank you for your input and for a person who includes value to a conversation. I truly do value Plymouth as a town. I look at surrounding towns and what we have endured over the years and I cannot fathom what Plymouth is doing wrong. All I hear from people is that it is the same old same old from people that have been in a seat or office way to long. I am all about recycling, making "America's Hometown" the role model that it should be for this rest of the country and putting tax payer money an monies from tourism to good use. The simple fact again that they cannot even get 1500 names to get a commemorative plate for Plymouth out of 57+ thousand people astounds me. Pay to Park, Pay as you Throw, Pay Pay Pay is all this town seems to know but they do not know how to spend the monies properly. This town is so rich in history yet it is in no way taken advantage of. Things are done on a whim and then figured out after the fact. That is not a way to do them. You always need to look to the future. How many abandoned Walmart properties do we have in Plymouth? Two too many. They should have been made to do something with the one they left for dead and the Sam's Club as well. The trash generated by walmart in the whole Colony Place area should have been put into place that Walmart pays for if not all most of the clean-up that it's store generates. Kids pay to play sports in school unlike when I was a kid, Kids even pay for buses unlike when I was a kid.
Michael Steele May 09, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Taxes rise every year but I don't see any improvements. I see smaller towns opening up new stores, hiring new workers while Plymouth tries to block everything that comes its way.. yet we let a Walmart in.. Look at Plymouth Rock Studios. What that would have done for tourism and local business and taxes.. Plymouth really did not want it and made it hard for developers. I would love to make a difference. This town needs it. I care about this town and as stated earlier used to cleanup my own street of trash every week because the town fails to do it. As do they trimming back weeds or brush from roads. Sorry, I just thin we could do SO MUCH BETTER for our residents.
Kay Lisener May 21, 2013 at 02:26 AM
I m wondering if there ill be a disounted rate for senior citizens and the dsabld/handicaped as there has been in all the previous years for dump stickers. Any little bit helps those on a very limited income. As mentioned in other comments how the senior citizens and disabled re-use store bags now for trash headed to the dump. Also would there be a discount offered on those "orange " bags to seniors and disabled.
Kay Lisener May 21, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Also one other question are residents going to be provided with a recycle bin and how large will it be? I have 10 living in my house and may need more than one . I as agree with other commenters that this is going to cost far more than the yearly dump sticker of $186 afteradding in bag costs.To Susan I would love to know how you manage to only accumulate 1 bag of trash a week with 7people I find that impossible !!!!!!!! have 4 Sons 2 adults living with me 2 older teens adults eat less and a 7 and 5 year old picky eaters as are their moms. 3 bag min. here.Do you guys eat all fruit and veggies and have a big compost pile and barely eat anything else?

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