Fall River issues 63 Pay As You Throw citations

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fall River is cracking down on people violating the city’s Pay As You Throw trash program.

Eyewitness News requested information on how many $100 fines the city has issued since it began to enforce the nearly two-year-old program last month.

Mayor Jasiel Correia’s office said as of Friday, the city has issued 63 citations.

Under the Pay As You Throw Program, residents are forced to buy purple trash bags from one of several local stores. The bags typically cost between 70 cents to $2 per bag, depending on the size, and they are the only bags that city garbage disposal teams will accept on trash days.

The program encourages residents to recycle more products instead of disposing of them.

The plan is meant to reduce waste, increase recycling and increase revenue.

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