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PAYT bags may be purchased at the following locations:
Bags are available in two sizes and are sold in rolls of 10:
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Under PAYT, permit stickers to the Transfer Station will be free to all Town residents. Households are entitled to two free permit stickers, annually. Additional permits will be $20 per vehicle.
Residents who are new to the Transfer Station may visit Town Hall to receive their permits. Please bring your vehicle registration information with you. Each sticker must be assigned to a car registered in Weston, and affixed to that car’s driver's side windshield.
The Transfer Station sticker will enable the resident to enter the Transfer Station, and the resident may, without charge, dispose of recyclables, yard waste, and compost, and may access the Swap Shed (which will be reopening as a volunteer-run operation in September).
Anyone with a sticker may throw trash away at the Transfer Station, and the trash must be bagged in official Weston PAYT bags, which are purchased separately at local retailers.
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.
Weston is adopting PAYT because it is the best way to reduce the amount of trash we throw away. The 44% of towns in Massachusetts that have adopted similar programs throw away only 2/3rds as much solid waste as towns without such programs. Our neighbors Acton, Concord, Holliston, Hudson, Littleton, Maynard, Natick, Needham, Sudbury, and Wayland have all adopted PAYT, and more towns are adopting it every year. Most of us understand that we need to find ways to reduce our environmental footprint. In fact, under the recently adopted Climate Action and Resilience Plan, Weston has made a commitment to reduce its solid waste.
PAYT is also a fairer system. As with many other resources we use (such as water, electricity, and gas), PAYT requires you to pay for your usage. Under the previous flat-fee permit system, smaller households and conscientious recyclers subsidized other households; PAYT removes this inequity.
The Select Board charged a Working Group to study and analyze the program for Weston. Working with a consultant from the state, the Working Group studied the program and the cost impacts to the town and residents. A presentation of its report and recommendation to the Select Board was made on April 13, 2021. The Working Group's Presentation (PDF) is available online and the meeting was recorded by Weston Media Center (mm 1:30:00).