Pay As You Throw Program

Effective July 1, 2016 the City of Helena will be taking over the Scratchgravel and Marysville permitting. The new 2 year solid waste permits which are in effect from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018 will be mailed the last week of June and will be available for use at the City of Helena Transfer Station on July 1, 2016.

If you do not receive your permit by July 15, 2016 please contact the City of Helena Transfer Station Administrative office at (406) 447-8086.  Beginning July 1, 2016 if you lose or need a replacement permit please come to the Transfer Station Administrative office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Please note any permit replacements, issuance or questions will be handled at the Transfer Station beginning July 1, 2016.

For additional information please contact Kim at 406.447.8084 or Jake at 406.447.8086.

Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Program

Prior to implementing the PAYT Program, all residents living in the Scratchgravel Solid Waste District paid the same fee to dispose of their solid waste.  However, there was no weight limit on the amount of waste an individual customer could take to the transfer station.  Customers generating very little tonnage paid the same amount as others generating a significant amount of solid waste.  Members of the County Commission and the Scratchgravel Solid Waste Board wanted to make the solid waste fee more equitable, so they created the Pay As You-throw Program (PAYT).

The average household generates slightly less than 1.5 tons (3,000 lbs.) of municipal solid waste in a year. Under the PAYT Program, the solid waste fee paid on your tax bill allows you to take up to 1.5 tons of garbage to the City of Helena Transfer Station.  Once you exceed the tonnage limit, you become a cash paying customer at the City Transfer Station.

Beginning July 1, 2012, the Scratchgravel/Marysville Solid Waste Districts implemented a 2 year permit.  The permit will automatically renew on the second year with 1.5 tons and a new permit will be sent on the third year.  The solid waste permit has a number on it, which matches an account number assigned to your property.  Your account is given an allotment of 1.5 tons at the beginning of a new fiscal year (July 1). 

As you haul in your solid waste, the weight for each load of garbage is applied to the allotment on your account.  When the 1.5 tons is used, your account goes into a “pay status”.  From this point forward you will then become a cash paying customer at the City Transfer Station.  The Transfer Station accepts cash or a check at this time.

You may receive a statement for your last visit if you were not advised at the scale that you went over your allotment at that time.  This charge is due upon receipt of the statement.  After that we will not bill for transactions at the City Transfer Station; all overages must be paid at the scale.

Your new yellow colored permit is good through June 30, 2018. If you have not received your new permit please contact the City of Helena Transfer Station Administration Office at 406.447.8086 or you can visit them Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have a newly constructed home you must come to or call the Transfer Station Administration Office at 406.447.8086 as different fees may apply.




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