I’m writing in support of Waterville’s pay-as-you-throw trash collection program. This program has achieved greater benefits in a shorter timeframe than any city program in my memory.

The Public Works department reports more than a 50 percent reduction in trash, which translates into almost half a million dollars saved on trash disposal fees annually.

PAYT enables the city to provide police and fire protection, public education, economic development and recreation opportunities without increasing the tax burden on local residents. As I drive through Waterville, I see lots of purple bags at the end of driveways. Compliance rates are high.

When I volunteer at the food bank, we pass out purple bags for free to those who can’t afford to buy them. Pay-as-you-throw is fair, convenient, saves money and benefits the environment. Let’s keep this worthy program.

Susan MacKenzie


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