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 million saved; 400,000 tons of trash diverted; and 200,000 tons of additional recycling. The city’s outgoing Commissioner of Public Works, Bob Moylan, told the paper: “If communities are serious about recycling, they will embrace pay-as-you-throw. It takes political courage, but it’s proven to be effective.”
http://www.telegram.com/article/20131128/NEWS/311289780/1116#.UpeMjr6Pmbo.twitterThe Telegram and Gazette also ran an editorial celebrating the “praiseworthy results” of Worcester’s “sensible and straightforward” pay-as-you-throw program.
- Governing magazine:
An article in the December issue of Governing magazine looked at WasteZero pay-as-you-throw as an option for cities looking to increase recycling and reduce solid waste.
- Sandwich Broadsider:
This article covered a report that Sandwich, Mass., Public Works Director Paul Tilton made to his town’s Board of Selectmen, where he said that pay-as-you-throw is working very well, with trash volume “continu[ing] on a dramatic downward trend,” recycling going up, revenue increasing, and illegal dumping not increasing.
That’s a lot of good news! We’re looking forward to seeing more of it in the weeks and months to come.