What does this mean if I am a Landlord?

The City has changed the way its customers pay for trash.  Trash is now treated like a utility, similar to electricity, where you pay for how much you use. Instead of everyone paying the same flat fee, customers who throw away one or two bags a week, will pay less than those who throw away three or more bags a week.  Customers who reduce waste, recycle right and separate their food scraps will no longer subsidize those who generate more trash.  


All property owners using the Sanitation District cart service received a reduction in their November 2023 bill.  The fee was reduced to include only the operational costs of the District. The cost of disposing of the waste is included in the cost of the orange bag. This is why the cost of the bag is more and, yes, trash disposal is expensive.  If you are not using the required orange bag, you are not paying your bill.  


Since landlords received the cost savings, the City is recommending that they pass these savings on to their tenants by providing a reasonable amount of orange and green bags.  If the lease includes trash disposal services, this should be done. We suggest landlords provide their tenants with a supply of bags equal to the cost savings they received in their bill. This is equivalent to 52 green bags per year (1 bag per week) & 104 orange bags (2 bags per week) per year. This could be split into six month segments, since the billing occurs every six months. Tenants would be required to purchase any additional bags themselves if they use more than this amount.

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1. What is the Save As You Throw Program?
2. Why is Middletown trying the SAYT program?
3. How does the program work?
4. Are there truly high costs for disposal?
5. What is the City's relationship with the Lisbon Incinerator?
6. How was the program researched?
7. Are other towns doing this program?
8. How can I save money with this program?
9. Is this program actually going to work to reduce waste?
10. Where can I get more information on unit-based pricing?
11. Why do the bags cost more?
12. How are the bags collected?
13. What stores sell the bags?
14. What if I can’t afford the bags?
15. Is the City enforcing the use of the bags?
16. Is Middletown profiting from the sale of the bags?
17. Are we required to use the orange trash bags?
18. Why is the City encouraging the use of plastic bags?
19. Can the City use another vendor that offers bags that cost less?
20. How do I separate my food scraps?
21. Where can I get a food scrap bucket or countertop container?
22. I already do backyard composting. Should I participate in the food scrap recycling program?
23. What do I do with yard waste?
24. What do I do with cat litter and dog waste
25. Why didn’t I see a reduction in my bill?
26. What do I do with bulky waste?
27. Do I do anything differently with my recycling?
28. Is there a bag for recycling?
29. Why can’t I just put my food scraps down the garbage disposal?
30. How is food scrap collection being enforced?
31. Are the food scraps really separated?
32. Won’t the food scrap collection program create more work?
33. How do I get involved in advising the program?
34. What is the Sanitation District?
35. How does the Sanitation District fee work?
36. Why do I have to pay a fee for the Sanitation District, even if I am not using the service?
37. Why didn’t I see a reduction in my bill?
38. I’m a renter and never had a sanitation bill. Where’s my savings?
39. Can I choose to use a private trash hauler?
40. How did the City figure out the costs of this program?
41. Why can’t we just have a voluntary program?
42. Why are we doing this just in the Sanitation District?
43. Is it true that Wesleyan and Middlesex Health are exempt from this program?
44. Why can’t the city give everyone an in-home electric “composter” instead?
45. Are schools recycling and diverting food scraps?
46. How does Middletown’s program compare to Stonington’s?
47. What does this mean if I am a Landlord?
48. What does this mean if I am a Renter?