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

View our Portsmouth This week Program on PAYT 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. Residents are able to purchase Town-approved bags at area stores beginning late January 2018. 

The list of stores that will carry PAYT bags for purchase is being updated frequently. Please go to: the WasteZero Portsmouth PAYT site for the latest list and more PAYT information. .