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Recycling and Jobs

By now, most of us know the environmental benefits of recycling well—decreased energy use, slower depletion of raw materials, less strain on landfills—but recycling has a host of economic benefits that are just as compelling. Simply put, recycling creates jobs. According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, while overall US employment was growing by 2.1%…

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Our Presentation at UNC

As a company headquartered in North Carolina, we were particularly excited to have been asked by the University of North Carolina’s School of Government to present at a two-day program they hosted last week about solid waste finance. The program, put on by the School of Government’s Environmental Finance Center, brought together solid waste experts…

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Plymouth Rocks

When we say that our pay-as-you-throw programs are immediately effective at reducing solid waste volumes, we mean it. The latest community to experience that reduction for itself is the town of Plymouth, Mass., which—are you sitting down?—has seen a 39% decrease in solid waste volume since it began its program in July. A 39% reduction…

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The Drawbacks of Cash-Based Convenience Centers

You might say that convenience centers or transfer stations where residents pay cash for each bag of garbage they throw away are the original pay-as-you-throw program. After all, they’re unit-based—you literally pay as you throw. And they’re equitable—people who create less garbage pay less to dispose of it, and people who create more pay more….

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A Good Study

A recent study by AMERIPEN, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, took a close look at all the different methods that local, state, and federal governments use to reduce waste and increase recycling.  They analyzed techniques used across the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.  Those techniques included Disposal bans Mandatory recycling Unit-based pricing,…

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Watch This Space—Pay-As-You-Throw in Sanford, Maine

The City of Sanford, Maine is back. For those of you keeping score, the city’s leaders instituted a bag-based pay-as-you-throw program in July of 2010, then voters repealed the program through a referendum four months later, and just this week they’ve started doing pay-as-you-throw again. As you’d expect, Sanford’s municipal solid waste volume plummeted when…

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Implementing Pay-As-You-Throw

All of the hard work that communities put in to selecting a pay-as-you-throw program and planning for it could go to waste if they don’t also do what it takes when the time comes for implementation. There are some key steps they must take just before the program launches, right as it’s launching, and immediately…

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A Pay-As-You-Throw Success Story in Bath, Maine

Our partner community Bath, Maine celebrated five years of pay-as-you-throw last fall, and the results were astounding. Bath is a coastal community of around 8,500 residents, known as the “City of Ships” for its rich shipbuilding history. Bath’s program combines PAYT with curbside single-stream recycling for around 3,000 households, and over their first five years…

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Popular, Easy, and Fair

Our pay-as-you-throw programs are incredibly “sticky”—once a community signs on, it tends to stay with us. There’s a reason for that, and figuring it out isn’t rocket science: PAYT is popular, easy, and fair. In the more than 20 years that WasteZero has been teaming up with towns and cities to deliver PAYT, we’ve seen…

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Made in the USA

Our mission at WasteZero extends beyond our focus on doing the right thing for the garbage crisis, municipal finances, and the environment. We’re also deeply committed to manufacturing our bags here in the United States. Unlike most other companies that make plastic garbage bags, we make 100% of our product in the US. Our plant…

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