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Pay As You Throw

Since August 4, 2014, residents must place all their trash in the Fall River official purple trash bags before disposing curbside.  Place purple trash bags into the green cart for collection. 

The Fall River purple trash bags are conveniently available in the following sizes and quantities at retail outlets throughout Fall River:

  • Mini, 8-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of eight for $6.00/package.
  • Small, 15-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of eight for $10.00/package.
  • Large, 30-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of five for $10.00/package.

No sales tax will be applied with the purchase of these bags.

The PAYT bags are for solid waste only and not recyclable items.  The PAYT program allows the City of Fall River to increase recycling and reduce the amount of trash generated, resulting in savings for Fall River.  These savings may allow the city to allocate funds to higher priority services.  PAYT also creates a far more fair and efficient trash collection program for everyone.  Residents who recycle will no longer subsidize trash collection for their neighbors who may not recycle.

Remember, by recycling more, you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags.  The PAYT program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!  Also, when residents throw away less and recycle more, the environment is better preserved as landfills last longer, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, millions of BTUs of energy are saved, and natural resources last longer.

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