Yearly Archives: 2018

Don’t Throw Away Used Textiles…No Matter How Nasty They Are!

Every year in the US, we generate more than 258 million tons of municipal solid waste.  Just over 16 million tons of that—or about 6%—are textile items.  The vast majority of those items can be recycled.  Sadly, they aren’t.  Nearly 85% of textile waste ends up being tossed in the trash bin.  Only 15% are…

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Head-to-Head Comparison in Maine: How Does PAYT Stack Up?

We routinely tell cities and towns that a bag-based pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) system will cut residential trash by 44%.  We’re confident in that number because that’s what the data we’ve collected over the years tells us.  Recently, we decided to put that number to the test once again and perform a head-to-head comparison of towns with…

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Co-Collection:  A Way to Reduce Trash and Collection Costs?

On “trash day,” it’s a common sight in most neighborhoods throughout America:  First, a trash truck rolls through to collect the trash at the curb.  Sometime later, a second truck comes through, this time to collect single-stream recycling.  In some places, yet another truck might visit the neighborhood to collect food waste or other compostable…

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A Waste Reduction Guarantee for Cities

In our experience, properly-designed bag-based pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) systems reduce trash by 44%.  That does three things: Helps cities and towns cut costs Protects the environment Saves taxpayers money PAYT Works, But Not Everyone Believes It Across America the average person produces 857 lbs. of residential trash each year.  In communities that have our bag-based PAYT…

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WasteZero’s President talks to Waste Dive about why NYC is looking at PAYT and its huge impact on reducing GHGs…

  Check out this article on one of our favorite websites, WasteDive.  It includes an interview with WasteZero president, Mark Dancy on pay-as-you-throw and how to overcome the “fear of change” from a policy standpoint.  

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Pay-As-You-Throw: Not All Methods are Created Equal

What is Pay-As-You-Throw? Traditionally, residents of cities and towns pay for their trash service via a flat, monthly fee or through their property taxes.  When you think about it, that’s an odd way to pay for a utility service, which is what trash collection is. After all, we pay for water based on how much…

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Second Life: WasteZero’s Operation to Recycle Used Plastic Film

When WasteZero launched back in 1991, one of our goals was to make plastic trash bags from recycled materials.  We started by working with local schools to collect used plastic grocery bags, which the company used as a source material.  Fast forward to 2018, and WasteZero is still recycling plastic, but on a much bigger…

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How Cutting Trash Cuts Greenhouse Gases

In the US, we generate a lot of trash.  During 2014, the latest year reported by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US generated 258 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW).  Of that amount, 169 million tons were landfilled or incinerated.  About 89 million tons, or 34.6%, were recycled or composted.1 Recycling or…

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The Link Between Recycling and Jobs

It seems like common sense that recycling is good for the environment.  The less trash we dump into landfills or burn in incinerators, the better. Did you know that recycling is also good for the economy?  In fact, the more we divert waste into recycling, the more jobs we create. In 2011, the Tellus Institute…

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Brattleboro, VT: Another Pay-As-You-Throw Success Story

Brattleboro (pop. 11,607) occupies a beautiful spot in southeastern Vermont, right next to the border with New Hampshire.  WasteZero began working with Brattleboro in 2014, as it considered switching to a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) trash system.  In July of 2015, following a public education campaign, the town officially launched its bag-based PAYT program with WasteZero’s assistance….

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