Pay-As-You-Throw Program

West Whiteland Township's “Pay As You Throw" (PAYT) trash collection program encourages recycling by requiring residents to purchase official Township trash bags in order for nonrecyclable waste to be collected. Thanks to the cooperation of the residents, West Whiteland’s trash program can boast the following:
  • Lowest cost per resident, compared to other trash systems used by similar municipalities in the region
  • It is inherently fair; the more you use, the more you pay.
  • We have the most recyclable tonnage per resident.


The Board of Supervisors considered the following goals before implementing the PAYT program:
  • Fair to the users
  • Cost effective for the residents
  • Environmentally sound
  • Minimize landfill space

How It Works

With traditional solid waste collection programs, residents pay a set fee, regardless of how much or how little trash they generate. Under the PAYT program, households that have more trash to dispose of pay a proportionally higher fee. You can compare it to the way you are billed for your household utilities; payment is based on the amount of trash you accumulate similar to the number of kilowatts you use for electricity.


Purchase official trash bags at local stores throughout the Township for $2.50/bag.
Residents are also billed annually a $69 trash and recycling fee on or before June 1, in a combined bill with sewer services (if applicable).

Cost Comparisons to Other Townships
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