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 from the UNC faculty, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the private sector to present to municipal representatives from around the state. It addressed a wide range of topics in solid waste finance, including cost accounting, revenue options, and regulatory trends.
The first day of the program began with several sessions that addressed a range of options for solid waste finance. Building off of that conversation, two members of the WasteZero team presented to the group on the effectiveness of pay-as-you-throw as a solid waste finance strategy. Joshua Kolling-Perin, our Director of Public Engagement, kicked off the session with an introduction of WasteZero and PAYT, a discussion of how PAYT is already working successfully in communities across North Carolina, and a deep dive into how—and why—PAYT works. Our General Counsel, Cal Cunningham, then stepped in and presented several case studies on successful PAYT programs around the country. The presentation sparked a lively discussion among the group, covering issues like the best practices for implementation and PAYT’s compatibility with automated collection.
On the second day of the program, we had the opportunity to dedicate the whole afternoon to a more detailed conversation about what PAYT can mean for individual communities. Cal Cunningham began with a presentation on the elements that WasteZero has seen to be instrumental in helping programs succeed. After Cal, our program analytics director, Mike Wrenholt, walked the group in detail through the concrete steps we take to help municipalities design their programs and estimate the programs’ financial impact. We spent the rest of the afternoon in workshop mode, sitting down one-on-one with municipal representatives and plugging their numbers into our analytic tools to see, in a real dollars-and-cents way, exactly what pay-as-you-throw could mean for them.
Working directly with communities like this is our bread and butter, and we’re grateful to UNC for giving us the chance to do it last week.
To see the program agenda, click here: http://www.efc.sog.unc.edu/sites/www.efc.sog.unc.edu/files/Solid%20Waste%20Finance%20Final%20Agenda%20with%20Links1.pdf
To see our presentation on the first day of the session, click here: http://www.efc.sog.unc.edu/sites/www.efc.sog.unc.edu/files/WasteZeroPAYT.pdf
To see our presentation on the second day of the session, click here: http://www.efc.sog.unc.edu/sites/www.efc.sog.unc.edu/files/WasteZero%20Optional%20Workshop.pdf