Waterville’s PAYT program launched in September 2014 and has exceeded all expectations and the city’s waste reduction targets. City Officials say the PAYT program, in combination with the new single stream recycling system adopted in July have reduced the amount of trash the city handles by 55 percent. Original predictions were between 40 and 45 percent.
Waterville City Manager Michael Roy said that a repeal of the PAYT program would have meant the city would have had to come up with another $430,000. This is the amount of money Waterville is currently saving with their new PAYT program.
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