Grafton Hits Record Recycling and Waste Reduction with Pay-As-You-Throw
Town saves $135,000 annually with 41% reduction in solid waste
and nearly 100% increase in recycling in first three years of
Raleigh, NC - October 24, 2012 - This summer marked the
third-year anniversary of Grafton's pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) solid
waste reduction program. On July 1, 2009, the town converted its
residential solid waste program to the new PAYT program and the
results have been dramatic. In the past three years,
according to Assistant Town Administrator Kevin Mizikar, Grafton
residents have reduced their solid waste from 5169 tons in 2009 to
3041 tons in 2012, a 41% reduction.
efforts have skyrocketed, nearly doubling from 888 tons in 2009 to
1744 tons in 2012, a 96% increase. During this period, the
town's solid waste disposal costs have dropped more than $135,000
annually, topping out at $136,742 for the past fiscal year ending
July 1, 2012. Assistant Town Administrator Mizikar presented
the PAYT program results to the Board of Selectman at the October
23 Board meeting.
"From the beginning, the residents of Grafton have supported the
program and the results have exceeded our expectations," said Town
Administrator, Tim McInerney. "Recycling has increased
dramatically, we've reduced our solid waste, and we've saved more
than $135,000 in waste disposal costs in each of the last three
years which has allowed us to help offset cost increases of other
critical services." A primary impetus behind the PAYT program
was to increase recycling and reduce solid waste to offset
anticipated cost increases in other municipal services.
Before the program, in fiscal year 2009, the Town
spent $357,178 to dispose of its trash. After the program, in
fiscal year 2012, the town spent $220,436-more than $135,000 less,
despite modest increases in tipping fees (the price per ton the
town pays to dispose of trash at the Wheelabrator waste-to-energy
facility in Millbury).
"The decision to switch from the traditional 18-gallon recycling
bins to the new 36-gallon and 96-gallon toters in June 2011 has
paid off in dividends, further reducing our solid waste and
increasing our recycling by almost 15% over 2011," said
Another significant motivator (besides the obvious economic and
environmental benefits) that convinced town officials to adopt the
PAYT program was, according to McInerney, its inherent
fairness. Residents no longer subsidize their neighbor's
trash collection and pay only for the trash that they generate.
"The success of the Grafton program is proof positive that
WasteZero's Trash Metering (or next-generation PAYT) is the
single-most effective way a community can reduce its solid waste,
increase recycling, and generate savings and revenue," said Mark
Dancy, President of WasteZero, the Town's program provider.
"The results are indicative of what we see in other cities and
towns where residents support the program as enthusiastically as
the town of Grafton has."
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