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4 Surprising Facts That Will Make You Want to Recycle Your Textiles

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, just 15.8% of all textiles–fleece, flannel, corduroy, cotton, nylon, denim, wool, and linen–were recovered in 2012. That’s a number that’s easy to boost, once you know how important–and how easy–it is to recycle textiles. 1. It takes almost a third of a pound of pesticides–and 400 gallons of…

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Ask the Voters

We’ll always be happy to tell you stories about how people who live in pay-as-you-throw communities like PAYT, find it easy to handle, and appreciate its fairness. (Heck, we’ve even been known to blog about it.) Those stories are great, and they do carry a lot of weight. But sometimes you just need to look at…

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Plymouth (Still) Rocks

When we last checked in on our friends in the town of Plymouth, Mass., in October, they were marking three months of pay-as-you-throw with some really powerful results: 39% waste reduction and $36,000 saved. By any measure, that’s a performance to be proud of. But we said at the time, “If Plymouth is anything like…

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Solid Waste and Smart Cities

It’s true: the buzzwords that come with talk of “smart cities”–smart economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and governance–don’t include the word “trash.” It’s also true that solid waste management has not had a prominent place in conversations about how to build a smart city. But that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t. In fact, you could…

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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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