The Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Program (STARTS FEB 1)

The Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Program for the Portsmouth Transfer Station will go into effect on February 1, 2018. This will require all Transfer Station users to deposit regular trash in user-purchased, specially marked PAYT bags.

Detailed information on PAYT can be found at

In summary, users of the Transfer Station must purchase a user sticker for their vehicle. This authorizes access to the Transfer Station to deposit their refuse. The fees collected go into the Enterprise Fund used to manage the Transfer Station.

Regular trash (that is non-recyclable/non-reusable “garbage”) must be thrown into the “Main Stream Waste Pit” ONLY IN SPECIALLY-MARKED, USER-PURCHASED PAYT bags. All other refuse that is recyclable (e.g., paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, etc. that go into the Mixed Recyclable Pit) or reusable as “diversion” items (e.g. household bulky items greater than 5' in length, metals, clean and dry mattresses, etc.) or yard waste that are deposited in special containers outside the ‘Pit Building” WILL NOT NEED TO USE PAYT BAGS.

The fees that users pay to purchase the PAYT Bags will also go into the Enterprise Fund used to manage the Transfer Station. Town-approved bags that will be able to purchase at area stores beginning mid-to-late January 2018. The following list of stores will carry Portsmouth PAYT bags and will be updated as information becomes available:

  1. Clements' Market - 2575 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  2. Cumberland Farms - 1812 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  3. Cumberland Farms - 3166 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  4. Dominas' Agway - 1348 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  5. Prudence Variety Store (aka "Marcies") - Narragansett Ave, Prudence Island
  6. Rite-Aid - 2456 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  7. Rite-Aid - 3034 East Main Rd, Portsmouth
  8. Seabra Market - 1150 Hope St, Bristol

 More information on PAYT is at .