Category: Coverage

Jun 4

10 months into program, trash down 24% at transfer station

After just 10 months of their new pay-as-you-throw program, the Town of Rockport, Mass. has seen a 24% decrease in trash being sent to landfills and a 10% increase in recycling collection.

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May 30

TRASHED: Paying for trash? When waste meets wallet, ‘It always works’

Between November 2018 and March 2019, the Carroll County community of 1,396 residents cut the amount of garbage collected at the curb nearly in half, from 44.12 tons per month to 23.42.

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Apr 16

Since start of pay-as-you-throw trash program, New Windsor’s overall waste generation drops 26%

Since the launch in early November of New Windsor’s Fair Trash Reduction pay-as-you-throw pilot program, the town has seen a 41% tonnage decrease in solid waste, combined with a 35% increase in the tonnage of material that is recycled.

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Apr 15

First Annual Earth911 Sustainability Awards

Earth911 recently awarded Portland, ME with a 2018 Sustainability award! As a PAYT city, they produce “the 3rd lowest average pounds of trash per capita of the 20 cities in its waste district despite having the state’s largest population.”

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Apr 22

The World’s Trash Crisis, and Why Many Americans Are Oblivious

An article in the Los Angeles Times talks about pay-as-you-throw and the trash crisis, and interviews WasteZero President Mark Dancy: “When you charge for something, people use less of it, and in this case it’s less trash.”

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Apr 7

Chronicle Trash Talk: Bay State Garbage Could Fill Fenway Park 75 Times a Year

In a special episode dedicated entirely to the solid waste crisis, the Boston-based television news magazine Chronicle looks at what some Massachusetts cities and towns are doing to cut their trash, including adopting pay-as-you-throw.

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Apr 7

Chronicle Trash Talk: Clean Your Plate, But Save Those Scraps

The second segment in the trash episode of Chronicle on WCVB TV Boston looks at the potential of household organics collection for waste reduction.

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Apr 7

Chronicle Trash Talk: The Landfill is Filling Up

The third segment of the garbage episode of WCVB TV Boston’s Chronicle looks at the environmental and financial risks of landfills and waste incinerators.

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Mar 7

Brewer, Maine, Official Says Pay-as-You-Throw Program has Saved $370,000 in Five Years

Solid waste tonnage decreased by exactly 50%, and the recycling rate increased nearly six-fold.

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Feb 26

How to Turn Down the Volume of Trash

A Q&A on the mechanics and benefits of pay-as-you-throw with WasteZero’s Joshua Kolling-Perin in the Salisbury (N.C.) Post.

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