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Residential Cart Program - Pay As You Throw

Fayetteville has successfully operated a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) automated residential cart program for trash since March of 2003. PAYT breaks with tradition by treating trash service just like electricity, gas, and other utilities. Households pay a graduated rate depending on the volume of trash they dispose. This program is designed to encourage participation and diversion through the curbside recycling program.

The residential program provides waste collection to approximately 21,000 residences in Fayetteville which produced 14,174 tons of waste in 2013. Residential collection routes are serviced Monday through Thursday. Once collected, all of the waste is disposed of at the City's Transfer Station located in southeast Fayetteville and then transported to the Eco Vista Tontitown Landfill for disposal.

Residential routes for collection of trash, recycling and yardwaste begin at 5 a.m.  Please have your trash carts, recycling bins, and yardwaste out to the curb by these times.  Please allow 3 feet around the trash carts for collection by the automated truck. 

Important!!!- The City charges a $6.09 extra bag charge for any trash outside of the cart on collection days. Each resident receives four virtual stickers that are assigned to the water meter account each year to use with the program.  Any bags outside the cart will be picked up and counted towards the four free bags.

Very important!!! Please read!!! Please make sure your lid is completely shut to avoid any charges.  If a lid on a cart is open, even an inch, and bags are visible, a charge of $6.09 per bag will occur.

32 Gallons



The 32 gallon cart is for residences that only produce one 32 gallon bag of trash or less per week. If a residence averages more than one 32 gallon bag even occasionally then this cart will be too small for their use. The cost per month for this container is $9.21



64 Gallons 


The 64 gallon cart is designed for the residence that produces two 32 gallon bags or less of trash per week. If a residence averages more than two bags a week even occasionally then this container will be too small for their use. The cost per month for this container is $14.06.


96 Gallons

The 96 gallon cart is designed for residences that produce three 32 gallon bags of trash or less per week. This is the largest size of trash cart available to residents. If a residence averages more than three (3) bags of trash per week then extra trash stickers will need to be purchased for $6.09 each to accommodate the extra trash.

Please recycle as much of your waste as possible through our curbside recycling program to avoid having more than 96 gallons of trash per week. The cost per month of this container is $19.96.


If you are interested in saving money by switching to a smaller cart, please call (479) 575-8398. 

See how much money you can save, and how much trash you can keep out of the landfill by downsizing your trash cart:

Downsize Your Trash Cart

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