New PAYT trash program starts Thursday

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — On Thursday, Feb. 1, the town of Portsmouth will convert its Transfer Station residential waste drop-off program to a new pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) waste reduction program. Find out more details about this program below. 

With this program, residential trash will only be accepted when residents place it in official Portsmouth PAYT bags. 

The following list of stores will carry Portsmouth PAYT bags :

  1. Clements’ Market – 2575 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  2. Cumberland Farms – 1812 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  3. Cumberland Farms – 3166 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  4. Dominas’ Agway – 1348 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  5. Prudence Variety Store (aka “Marcies”) – Narragansett Ave, Prudence Island
  6. Rite-Aid – 2456 East Main Rd, Portsmouth*
  7. Rite-Aid – 3034 East Main Rd, Portsmouth*
  8. Seabra Market – 1150 Hope St, Bristol

* Rite-Aid will soon be acquired by Walgreens, but Walgreens will also sell the bags.

The fees that users pay to purchase the PAYT Bags will also go into the Enterprise Fund used to manage the Transfer Station. 

Regular trash (that is non-recyclable/non-reusable “garbage”) must be thrown into the “Main Stream Waste Pit” only in the specially marked PAYT bags.

All other refuse that is recyclable (e.g., paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, etc. that go into the Mixed Recyclable Pit) or reusable as “diversion” items (e.g. household bulky items greater than 5′ in length, metals, clean and dry mattresses, etc.) or yard waste that are deposited in special containers outside the ‘Pit Building” will not need to use PAYT bags. 

As Portsmouth residents prepare for a new Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) trash program, many residents are asking where to find bags. Find out just where to buy PAYT bags below. 

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