Westborough offers PAYT bag discount for seniors


Westborough offers PAYT bag discount for seniors
Older Westborough residents may qualify to purchase the new PAYT bags at a reduced price. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH – Under a new policy approved by the Select Board, older residents may qualify to purchase Pay as You Throw trash bags for a reduced price.

Similar to a policy enacted in Grafton, it will provide a subsidy to senior residents (age 65 and older) who qualify.

According to the policy:

  • New applicants to the program must complete and submit any required paperwork fully to be considered for this subsidy. 
  • The income qualification threshold will be tied to the Median Family Income of Worcester County, Low-Income Limit for a single person household, as set annually, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A copy of the applicant’s federal tax return or other necessary documentation to verify income must be provided.
  •  The application materials are to be submitted to the Public Health Department by an individual applicant. Applications are due by the 15th of the month for approval effect for the following month. 
  • Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Public Health director prior to the end of the month. Applicants will be notified in writing.
  • The Public Health Department will process requests for the subsidy. No other board/committee or town department can process or approve applications.
  • The subsidized bags will be sold at the Public Health Department the first full week of the month at a cost of $1 for five small (15-gallon) bags. Approved applicants will receive an approved number of bags (five) once per month.
  • Applicants will be qualified on an annual basis.

Applications are available at the Public Health Department office.

For information on the discount policy, or the PAYT program, may stop by the office, call 508-366-3045, or visit https://www.westboroughma.gov/393/Public-Health-Department

In a related move, the board voted to extend its current contract with E.L. Harvey & Sons to Aug. 5.

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