Sticker prices for the “Pay-as-You-Throw” trash program have increased, effective January 1, 2020.
Trash left at the curb in barrels larger than 32 gallons will not be picked up. Barrels must be filled only to the level where a cover, if applied, would fit and cannot weigh more than 38 pounds. Over-filled barrels will not be picked up. Stickers should be placed on the top item in the barrel and not on the barrel itself. These requirements will be strictly enforced.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I use a barrel larger than 32 gallons?
A: No, any barrel size over 32 gallons is not permitted.
Q: When were the new trash sticker rates approved?
A: The Board of Selectmen discussed the potential increase at their meetings on August 27th and September 10th. A public hearing to determine new fees for trash stickers was opened on September 17th, 2019. The public hearing was continued to November 5th, 2019, where the board voted to increase the rate.
Q: Why are the trash sticker rates increasing?
A: Currently more than half of the cost of the program is subsidized by general taxes. The new rates are anticipated to reduce the burden on the general taxes from 56% in fiscal year 2019 to a projected 18% in fiscal year 2020. Taxpayer funds will continue to subsidize the program, but the new prices will shift the ratio so that the owner of the trash pays a higher rate for its removal, and the burden on the taxpayer is reduced. Trash sticker prices have not been increased since the program’s inception in the 1990s.
Q: When do the new trash sticker rates apply?
A: The new trash sticker rates will be implemented on January 1, 2020.
Q: Can I still use the yellow and pink stickers?
A: Yes. You are welcome to use any trash stickers that equate to the new rate.
For example, after January 1st, you will need two pink $1.00 stickers for a 15-gallon trash bag.
Q: What stickers will be available for purchase on January 1st?
A: Starting January 1st, retailers will sell $2.00 yellow stickers and $4.00 orange stickers. $1 pink stickers will be available until the supply is depleted.
For more information, please visit the Town of Maynard Solid Waste and Recycling Website at www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/dpw/solid-waste-and-recycling/.