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How Gloucester, Mass., Switched From Stickers to Bags and Saved a Million Dollars

Some communities that want to move to pay-as-you-throw consider going with stickers or tags instead of bags. At first glance, asking people to affix a sticker or tag on a trash bag of their choice seems like it would work the same way as bag-based pay-as-you-throw: after all, in both cases people are paying a…

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5 Ways to Create Less Waste This Valentine’s Day

Are you excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but you don’t want that celebration to mean more trash? Look no further–here are five great tips for showing that special someone that you care, without putting a strain on your garbage can. 1. Send an e-card instead of using a paper card that will end up being thrown…

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A New Pay-as-You-Throw Success Story in Eliot, Maine

The town of Eliot, Maine, has kicked off its brand-new pay-as-you-throw program with a bang: in just four months, the town has cut its trash volume by a stunning 57% and saved more than $8,500 in disposal fees. Eliot–a small town of 6,200 tucked into southern Maine–began the program on Sept. 3. From that point…

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Trash Bag Voucher Programs, for Resident Ease and Municipal Savings

Like many towns and cities around the country, Broken Arrow, Okla., gives away trash bags to its residents. A new WasteZero program in Broken Arrow will simplify that process, giving residents vouchers to pick up their bags in local retailers—and in the process saving the city money, reducing the number of wasted bags, making things…

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What Six Years of Pay-as-You-Throw Looks Like

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: pay-as-you-throw just plain works. The latest example? The southeastern Massachusetts town of Dartmouth, which marked six years of PAYT in October. In that time, they’ve cut their trash by 59% and boosted their recycling by 50%. Let’s say that again, in case those numbers snuck by…

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Pay-as-You-Throw in the News

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…

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Not All Pay-As-You-Throw Is Created Equal

The news this week that the city of Bloomington, Ill., is moving to a garbage payment model known as “variable-rate carts” has gotten us thinking again about how, in terms of waste reduction, not all pay-as-you-throw is created equal. The system that Bloomington plans to adopt, like other variable-rate cart programs, will offer residents three…

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Welcome, Wellfleet!

We’re happy to say that the town of Wellfleet, Mass., kicked off its new WasteZero pay-as-you-throw program yesterday. Wellfleet is a small town on Cape Cod with around 2,750 year-round residents but as many as 16,000 visitors during the peak of summer. In their new program, Wellfleetians using the town’s transfer station now use purple…

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Success in Sanford

Do you remember when we told you a few months ago to “watch this space” to see what would happen with pay-as-you-throw in Sanford, Maine? Over the past few years, Sanford had adopted pay-as-you-throw, and then voted it out, and then adopted it again—and we had a hunch that they’d be putting up some good…

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Worcester’s Big Anniversary

The pay-as-you-throw program in Worcester, Mass. celebrates its twentieth anniversary next week, and the city has put up some big numbers to mark the occasion: 400,000 tons of trash diverted 200,000 tons of additional recycling Savings of more than $10 million in waste disposal costs Per-capita disposal of 396 pounds of waste per year—44% of…

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