Town of Needham Solid Waste and Recycling Disposal Update
Pay-Per-Throw bag charges for waste disposal at the Town RTS (Recycling and Transfer Station) are scheduled to go into effect on June 1, 1998. This information (reprinted from a flyer supplied by the town) is part of the the Town's effort to inform RTS users about the program and how it will work.
What is Pay-Per-Throw?
Pay-Per-Throw is a per-bag user fee system of paying for disposal of non-recyclable trash at the RTS. The Town has adopted this system to finance increased waste disposal charges which it is obligated to pay, now that the Town landfill is closed. Among the advantages of this system are that disposal costs will be spread among users in proportion to use, and that by encouraging recycling (sorted recyclables will not be subject to bag charges) it will help limit the total cost of operating the RTS.
How does the program work?
Are Disposal Area Stickers Still Required?
Yes. All holders of this years's stickers, however, will receive a post card which can be exchanged for ten free bags and two recycling bins. (The recycling bins are not mandatory, but may serve to help you sort your recyclables in your home.) These post cards will be mailed in May - please be sure to save them! In future years, once the Pay-Per-Throw program is operating, the sticker fee is expected to be reduced.
Further information about the Pay-Per-Throw program will be mailed this spring. If you have questions before then, please call the Department of Public Works at (781) 455-7534.