Pay as you throw

BAR HARBOR — The Town Council is set to decide at their April 19 meeting whether to institute a “pay-as-you-throw” (PAYT) system for residential and commercial garbage on a six-month trial basis beginning in November. The decision will be made following a public comment period at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Under the PAYT system presented to the council by national firm WasteZero last year, residents would be required to purchase special garbage bags at local businesses. Commercial haulers would pay a tipping fee based on weight.

Councilors voted in March to instruct town staff to further develop a trial program, including a plan for how to weigh commercial or other non-bagged trash at the transfer station.

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