Category: Best Practices

Head-to-Head Comparison in Maine: How Does PAYT Stack Up?

We routinely tell cities and towns that a bag-based pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) system will cut residential trash by 44%.  We’re confident in that number because that’s what the data we’ve collected over the years tells us.  Recently, we decided to put that number to the test once again and perform a head-to-head comparison of towns with…

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Co-Collection:  A Way to Reduce Trash and Collection Costs?

On “trash day,” it’s a common sight in most neighborhoods throughout America:  First, a trash truck rolls through to collect the trash at the curb.  Sometime later, a second truck comes through, this time to collect single-stream recycling.  In some places, yet another truck might visit the neighborhood to collect food waste or other compostable…

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A Waste Reduction Guarantee for Cities

In our experience, properly-designed bag-based pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) systems reduce trash by 44%.  That does three things: Helps cities and towns cut costs Protects the environment Saves taxpayers money PAYT Works, But Not Everyone Believes It Across America the average person produces 857 lbs. of residential trash each year.  In communities that have our bag-based PAYT…

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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 to Talk About Pay-as-You-Throw

Pay-as-you-throw works: that much we know. With an average waste reduction of 44%, and dramatic financial and environmental benefits, there’s really no question that PAYT is wise public policy. But the politics of pay-as-you-throw can be trickier. People naturally resist many kinds of change, and changing a system as personal as trash can feel especially troubling. What’s more,…

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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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Best Practices for Planning

Knowing which type of pay-as-you-throw is the best match for a community is a good start, but it’s not enough. Proper planning is key to the success of PAYT. In this article in Waste Advantage magazine, Greg Peverall, our Vice President of Business Development, details the steps that communities need to take to plan for…

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The Many Faces of Pay-As-You-Throw

When run correctly, pay-as-you-throw programs can reduce solid waste volume by 50% or more. Everybody knows that this can save towns and cities money, help the environment, and preserve limited municipal resources. However, there are many different ways to do PAYT. Some types of programs work well, and others don’t. Before embarking on a new…

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