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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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WasteZero Supports the “Big Triangle Clean Up” with the Y Guides

WasteZero is excited to be partnering with the YMCA and the Triangle-area Y Guides on the Big Triangle Clean Up, taking place on Saturday, November 12.  We look forward to seeing thousands of Y Guides, equipped with WasteZero recycled bags, cleaning up schools and parks throughout the area.  They’ll be picking up trash, collecting recycling,…

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Trash bag Sales Support New Girls’ Field Hockey team in Michigan

WasteZero spends most of its time working to cut the trash in half across America.  However, we believe in helping our communities in other ways, as well.  One way we support communities across America is by helping local organizations and non-profits raise funds by selling a product almost everyone needs:  Trash bags…especially those made with…

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Pay-as-You-Throw Around the World

Pay-as-you-throw isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon. Countries around the world–especially in Asia and Europe–also use the system to cut waste and boost recycling. A few recent news stories illustrate the trend. Taiwan: A feature story in the Wall Street Journal calls the small island nation “an international poster child for recycling,” painting a picture of…

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“Inevitably, Landfills Always Fail”

The third segment of the solid waste episode of Chronicle, the Boston TV news magazine, opens with some pretty grim statistics about the state of waste disposal in Massachusetts. As WasteZero’s Stephen Lisauskas explains, landfill space is quickly dwindling in Massachusetts: while there were more than 300 landfills operating in the 1980s, there are only 7 today….

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The Power of a Banana Peel

If you easily could decrease the amount of trash you create by almost 20% and dramatically reduce the amount of dangerous greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, would you do it? The second segment of the Boston TV news program that focused on trash looks at how the growing trend of food scrap diversion holds…

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