Welcome, Wellfleet!

We’re happy to say that the town of Wellfleet, Mass., kicked off its new WasteZero pay-as-you-throw program yesterday.

Wellfleet is a small town on Cape Cod with around 2,750 year-round residents but as many as 16,000 visitors during the peak of summer. In their new program, Wellfleetians using the town’s transfer station now use purple bags stamped with the Wellfleet logo to dispose of their trash. The bags are available in three sizes–8-gallon ($.50 per bag), 15-gallon ($1.00 per bag), and 33-gallon ($1.50 per bag). The bags are available at 10 retail locations in Wellfleet and neighboring communities. Recycling is free.

Wellfleet harbor (image courtesy of Flickr via Creative Commons license)

Wellfleet harbor (image courtesy of Flickr via Creative Commons license)

Like many Cape Cod communities, Wellfleet is facing a dramatic increase in its tipping fee, from $18.50 per ton in 2013 to $60 per ton in 2016–more than triple. As the chair of Wellfleet’s Board of Selectmen told the Provincetown Banner, a local newspaper, “The main reason for PAYT is a financial matter.” She went on to say, “It’s a huge increase to take our trash away, and we have to figure out a way to pay for it.”

Wellfleet joins fellow Cape Cod towns Sandwich (which began pay-as-you-throw in 2011) and Brewster, which started its program in October. Welcome aboard!

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