New Purple Trash Bags Beginning July 5, 2015; Includes 90-Day Transition Time

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By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,353)

New purple pay-as-you-throw trash bags will be available at local retailers beginning Sunday, July 5th.  The new trash bag rate will be $1.35 per 15 gallon bag or $2.70 per 30 gallon bag.

The city approved a 90-day transition period where residents can use any remaining blue trash bags and/or exchange their blue bags for purple bags at several different location.  If exchanging bags, customers must pay the price difference.  Until October 4, 2015 blue or purple bags will be accepted at the curb.  Until October 4, customers may exchange blue for purple bags with the City.  Retailers are also available to perform exchanges on any unopened packages.

Customers may exchange individual blue for purple bags at the following locations:

Public Services, 55 Portland Street,

City Hall, Treasury Office, lst floor, 389 Congress Street,

Riverside Golf Course, 1158 Riverside Street.

The City Council approved the increase in the trash bag fee as part of its approval of the FY16 $225 million municipal budget on June 25.  The Council approved increases in revenues from non-tax sources to hep offset the impact to the property tax rate  These increases also ensure that fees for City services, licenses and permits are competitive with fees charged in other local jurisdictions.

The Portland trash bag fee has not increased in five years and is significantly lower than surrounding communities.  In addition to the change in fee, the City has received the findings of its solid waste study that was commissioned this year, which fully examined the program to look for efficiencies. These findings will be discussed at the Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee in the next few months and there is the potential for implementing additional changes that will help further modernize the City waste disposal system.

For more information, please visit:  wwwportlandmaine.gov/purplebags.