Yearly Archives: 2018

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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