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Waterville, ME     Bags What to Throw  |  What to Recycle  |  Program Background  |  FAQs

Effective September 8, 2014, all residents must purchase official City of Waterville bags for your curbside garbage disposal as part of the new pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program.  With this program, residential trash is now only accepted when residents place it in Waterville-approved purple bags.  Residents should continue to dispose of recycling as they always have in containers marked “recycling.”

Why make this change?  For many very good reasons.

  • Residents can save money.  With the new, more equitable PAYT program, residents pay only for the garbage they throw away–not for their neighbors’ trash too!

  • Waterville saves.  If there’s less trash generated, Waterville pays less to manage it.  These savings allow the City to allocate funds to higher priority services.

  • The environment is better preserved.  When residents throw away less, recycle more, and “lighten the load” in any number of other ways, landfills last longer, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, millions of BTUs of energy are saved, and natural resources last longer.

Remember, by recycling more you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags. The new PAYT program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!

More Information

For more information, please contact Waterville Public Works

Office Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm.


City of Waterville

Department of Public Works
6 Wentworth Court
Waterville, ME 04901

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