The City of Aspen has a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) program for residential trash customers. Traditionally in the U.S., residents pay for waste collection through property taxes or a fixed fee, regardless of how much (or how little) trash they generate. PAYT breaks with tradition by treating trash services just like electricity, gas, and other utilities. Households pay a variable rate depending on the amount of service they use. The less trash individuals throw away, the less they pay.
The trash hauling companies are required to charge a customer less if that customer switches to a smaller bin, or charge more if the customer produces more trash and needs a larger bin. Since this program is paired with the other provisions of Aspen’s recycling ordinance, haulers are required to include the cost of recycling in the base rate of trash. This means the price a customer pays for pickup is based on trash volumes, not recycling volumes. This creates an incentive to recycle more and thus produce less trash.
See Chapter 12.06 of the Solid Waste Code.
Please contact Liz O'Connell with any recycling related questions.