WasteZero

Contact Information

Town of Brattleboro
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: 802-254-4541
Fax: 802-257-2322
www.brattleboro.org

Town of Brattleboro

Effective Monday, June 29, 2015 all trash put at the curb for pick up must be in an Official Town of Brattleboro pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) Trash Bag as part of the new PAYT program.  With this program, residential trash is now only accepted when residents place it in Brattleboro-approved PAYT bags.  The PAYT program only applies to trash collection; it will not affect curbside recycling or curbside compost.  There is no charge to the resident for putting out recycling or compost – this service is paid for through property taxes.

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!
  • Brattleboro saves.  If there’s less trash generated, Brattleboro pays less to manage it.  These savings allow the town 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.
  • Vermont law (Act 148) requires that the cost all residential trash in the State of Vermont be paid for by the generator by a  Unit Based Pricing System according to weight or volume (PAYT). The law goes into effect on July 1, 2015.

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!

The Brattleboro-approved trash bags will be conveniently available at retail outlets throughout the town and are available in two sizes. Please see PAYT Basics.

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Where do I buy the bags?

Brattleboro’s PAYT trash bags are available in a variety of stores.  No sales tax will be charged.  Please call to confirm bag availability.

Individual bags for sale at the Recreation Dept. (Gibson Aiken Center) and the Treasurer’s Office (Municipal Center).  Both are located downtown on Main St.

Bags are packaged as follows:

  • Small (15-gallon) yellow bags are available in packages of 5 for $10.00.
  • Large (33-gallon) purple bags are available in packages of 5 for $15.00.
Store NameStreet AddressCityPhone Number
Brattleboro Food Co-op2 Main St.Brattleboro802-257-0236
Brown & Roberts182 Main St.Brattleboro802-257-4566
Cumberland Farms 317 Marlboro Rd.Brattleboro802-251-0601
Dottie's Discount Foods 77 Flat St.Brattleboro802-246-0053
Fireside True Value895 Putney Rd.Brattleboro802-254-4927
Hannaford Supermarket 896 Putney Rd., Unit 5Brattleboro802-254-1160
Price Chopper499 Canal St.Brattleboro802-254-3424
Walgreens476 Canal St.Brattleboro802-254-5633

A map of the above store locations may also be found here: Participating stores map

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Trash Collection Rules and Guidelines

Beginning June 29, 2015, all regular household trash should be bagged only in the official town-approved PAYT bags before being disposed of. Items not in town-approved bags will NOT be collected or accepted.  No exceptions will be made.

Please put your curbside materials in appropriate containers (trash, recycling and compostables).

Do not place the following items in the town-approved PAYT bags:

  • Recyclable plastic, glass, or metal
  • Yard waste
  • Dirt, sod, concrete, or rock
  • Construction/demolition debris
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Hot ashes or flammable materials such as oil, gas, or paint

For detailed information, please see the Town of Brattleboro’s Trash, Recycling and Compost webpage where documents, such as the Guide to Trash, Recycling, Compost and PAYT are available. For more information about recycling, hazardous waste, and composting, you may also visit the Windham Solid Waste Management District’s website.

Please Note: Trash and recycling are NOT picked up on the following holidays: Pick up for these Holiday’s are delayed by one day.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
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What can I recycle?

Vermont state law — Recycling is Mandatory!

DO NOT USE THE OFFICIAL PAYT BAGS FOR RECYCLING.

Please put your curbside materials in appropriate containers (trash, recycling and compostables).  If you do not use the Town provided containers for recycling and compostables be sure your containers are clearly labeled “Recycling” & “Compost.”  Place containers so the labels face the street.

Recycling and composting will help reduce your disposal costs.  There is no charge to the resident for putting out recycling or compost – this service is paid for through property taxes. The more you recycle and compost, the less trash you have to put into the PAYT bags, and the more money you’ll save.

BRATTLEBORO HAS DUAL-STREAM RECYCLING:

  • Please separate paper recycling from cans, bottles & containers by using a paper bag or use two different bins/containers. DO NOT mix the two types of recyclables together.
  • DO NOT recycle plastic bags or put your recyclables into plastic bags.  Plastic bags go in the TRASH or check with local retailers about plastic bag recycling or reuse.
  • It’s OK for your recyclables to get rained on and wet.

For detailed information, please see the Town of Brattleboro’s Trash, Recycling and Compost webpage where documents, such as the Guide to Trash, Recycling, Compost and PAYT are available. For more information about recycling, hazardous waste, and composting, you may also visit the Windham Solid Waste Management District’s website.

Please Note: Trash and recycling are NOT picked up on the following holidays: Pick up for these Holiday’s are delayed by one day.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I have questions on the program?

Call 802-254-4541, email to solidwaste@brattleboro.org, or log on to http://www.brattleboro.org. You may also contact the Windham Solid Waste Management District for additional information. Visit their website (http://www.windhamsolidwaste.org) or call 802-257-0272.

Is there a limit to the amount of materials I can recycle?

No. The town encourages residents to recycle as much as they can. The more you recycle, the fewer bags you will need to purchase and the more money you save. There is no charge to the resident for putting out recycling or compost – this service is paid for through property taxes.

How does this program work?

Simply buy town-approved bags at retail stores throughout the town, and dispose of your trash in these bags as you normally would. Only the trash you put in these bags will be collected curbside. The PAYT program only applies to trash collection; it will not affect curbside recycling or curbside compost.

What is PAYT?

“PAYT” stands for Pay-As-You-Throw. The Pay-As-You-Throw system is one in which residents pay a basic fee to cover the fixed costs of trash management and also a user fee for the amount used—much like the way we use and pay for electricity, water, or gas. Brattleboro’s PAYT program is based on a pay-per-bag basis.

How is this program good for Brattleboro?

In general, Brattleboro’s PAYT program may bring municipal, residential, and environmental benefits. The town benefits from savings in reduced tipping fees. Residents may benefit because A) the program is more equitable. Prior to the PAYT program, every household, regardless of size, paid the same. With the new program, people who generate less trash will pay less by using fewer bags, and people who generate more trash will pay more by using more bags. It encourages people to recycle. And B) with the choice of how much they want to recycle, residents now have more control of their trash disposal costs. Finally, environmental benefits come from a slowdown in the growth of landfills, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and water and soil contamination.

What about large families?

If large families buy more than smaller families, they will have more to throw away and will have to buy more trash bags. This program will give them a chance, and a new incentive, to lower their costs by recycling and composting everything they can.

Isn’t PAYT a hardship on low-income households?

To the contrary, pay-as-you-throw gives low-income residents the opportunity to control their expenses for solid waste disposal—an opportunity that they previously did not have.

Do apartments and multifamily dwellings participate in the pay-as-you-throw program?

Any resident who currently has their trash/recycling/compost picked up by the Town’s hauler (residents living in a single family house or a multi-unit building with four or fewer living units) will need to buy PAYT bags. Residents living in multi-unit buildings with five or more units will not need to buy PAYT bags (for these residents, their landlord is responsible for providing them with trash removal).

What if I have a quality issue with a bag?

Contact WasteZero Customer Service at 1-800-866-3954 for a replacement bag. When calling, please provide the 5 digit code located just below the 1-800 number on the bag.

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More Information

Town of Brattleboro
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT
802-254-4541
email – solidwaste@brattleboro.org
Or visit www.brattleboro.org

You may also contact the Windham Solid Waste Management District for additional information. Visit their website (www.windhamsolidwaste.org) or call 802-257-0272. Windham Solid Waste Management at 327 Old Ferry Rd. Hours are 8:00-3:30 Monday-Friday.