Yearly Archives: 2013

Pay-as-You-Throw in the News

Pay-as-you-throw has been getting some nice press coverage recently, with several news outlets looking at PAYT’s success in reducing waste, increasing recycling, and saving towns and cities money. Here are some of the highlights: Worcester Telegram & Gazette: A front-page article examined the success of Worcester’s pay-as-you-throw program on its twentieth anniversary: more than $10…

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Not All Pay-As-You-Throw Is Created Equal

The news this week that the city of Bloomington, Ill., is moving to a garbage payment model known as “variable-rate carts” has gotten us thinking again about how, in terms of waste reduction, not all pay-as-you-throw is created equal. The system that Bloomington plans to adopt, like other variable-rate cart programs, will offer residents three…

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Welcome, Wellfleet!

We’re happy to say that the town of Wellfleet, Mass., kicked off its new WasteZero pay-as-you-throw program yesterday. Wellfleet is a small town on Cape Cod with around 2,750 year-round residents but as many as 16,000 visitors during the peak of summer. In their new program, Wellfleetians using the town’s transfer station now use purple…

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Success in Sanford

Do you remember when we told you a few months ago to “watch this space” to see what would happen with pay-as-you-throw in Sanford, Maine? Over the past few years, Sanford had adopted pay-as-you-throw, and then voted it out, and then adopted it again—and we had a hunch that they’d be putting up some good…

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Worcester’s Big Anniversary

The pay-as-you-throw program in Worcester, Mass. celebrates its twentieth anniversary next week, and the city has put up some big numbers to mark the occasion: 400,000 tons of trash diverted 200,000 tons of additional recycling Savings of more than $10 million in waste disposal costs Per-capita disposal of 396 pounds of waste per year—44% of…

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Recycling and Jobs

By now, most of us know the environmental benefits of recycling well—decreased energy use, slower depletion of raw materials, less strain on landfills—but recycling has a host of economic benefits that are just as compelling. Simply put, recycling creates jobs. According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, while overall US employment was growing by 2.1%…

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Our Presentation at UNC

As a company headquartered in North Carolina, we were particularly excited to have been asked by the University of North Carolina’s School of Government to present at a two-day program they hosted last week about solid waste finance. The program, put on by the School of Government’s Environmental Finance Center, brought together solid waste experts…

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Plymouth Rocks

When we say that our pay-as-you-throw programs are immediately effective at reducing solid waste volumes, we mean it. The latest community to experience that reduction for itself is the town of Plymouth, Mass., which—are you sitting down?—has seen a 39% decrease in solid waste volume since it began its program in July. A 39% reduction…

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The Drawbacks of Cash-Based Convenience Centers

You might say that convenience centers or transfer stations where residents pay cash for each bag of garbage they throw away are the original pay-as-you-throw program. After all, they’re unit-based—you literally pay as you throw. And they’re equitable—people who create less garbage pay less to dispose of it, and people who create more pay more….

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A Good Study

A recent study by AMERIPEN, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, took a close look at all the different methods that local, state, and federal governments use to reduce waste and increase recycling.  They analyzed techniques used across the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.  Those techniques included Disposal bans Mandatory recycling Unit-based pricing,…

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