NEWBURYPORT — City Councilor at-large Afroz Khan will host a discussion Tuesday night on a proposed "one cart free" trash program before the City Council that aims to reduce the city's solid waste output and associated costs while also lessening the environmental impact.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Senior Community Center's second floor computer lab.

The proposed trash ordinance — co-sponsored by Khan and City Council President Barry Connell — would see that each Newburyport household is provided with a free 32-gallon cart for weekly trash disposal.

Residents would have to place excess trash inside crimson-colored "pay as you throw bags" with the city's logo, which would be priced to partially offset the cost of hauling and disposing the waste.

The bags would be sold at local retail stores for $2 per 15-gallon bag and $4 per 30-gallon bag, according to the draft ordinance. 

The meeting will give residents a chance to ask questions and share opinions on the proposed ordinance.

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Staff writer Jack Shea covers Newbury­port City Hall. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3154. Follow him on Twitter @iamjackshea.