Category: PAYT Overview

“A Perfect Storm–of Garbage”

We’ve been saying for a while that there’s a trash crisis in the U.S., with excess garbage putting the environment at risk and draining municipal coffers. It’s why we’re so committed to cutting waste and increasing recycling. And now a television news program out of Boston has come to the same conclusion. The program, Chronicle, dedicated all of last…

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Pay-as-You-Throw and the “Power of Now”

“We can cut trash in half across America,” WasteZero Chairman John Campbell told a packed room at the Catawba College Center for the Environment on Feb. 23, “and we can do it now.” The “power of now,” as Campbell put it, was central to his talk. Every day that cities go without adopting a utility…

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The Value of Waste Reduction, or, What the New York Times Got Wrong About Recycling

If you care about solid waste reduction, by now you’ve probably read John Tierney’s New York Times opinion piece denigrating the value of recycling. It’s a long piece, but in a nutshell, Tierney’s two-fold argument is this: There’s no point in recycling unless it makes economic sense—and it doesn’t make economic sense. He’s missing the…

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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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“Tale of Two Neighbors”

Check out this great new video explaining how pay-as-you-throw cuts waste, increases recycling, and saves money!

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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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We’re on a Mission

At WasteZero, we’re a company on a mission. That mission? To cut the trash in half across the US—saving towns and cities tremendous amounts of money and protecting and preserving precious natural resources. Cutting the trash in half may sound like an audacious goal, but it’s absolutely achievable. How do we know it can be…

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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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Pay-As-You-Throw Overview in American Recycler

Are you looking for a good overview of pay-as-you-throw? Check out this article in American Recycler newspaper. When their editors needed to talk to an expert on PAYT, they turned to our Vice President of Government Affairs, Stephen Lisauskas. “The Latest on Pay-As-You-Throw“

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