Category: Coverage

Dec 19

Sandwich MA One of Seven Crown Communities

In July 2011, Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod, converted its residential solid waste program to a “Pay as You Throw” (PAYT) program, with dramatic results. In the program’s first year, the residents of Sandwich reduced their solid waste by 42 percent and recycled 74 percent more plastic, metals, and glass and 20 percent…

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Nov 30

“Bags cut waste, save city $1M”

In the three-plus years since Gloucester switched from trash stickers to “pay as you throw,” and introduced purple bags for throwing, the city has seen at least a 28 percent decrease in collected waste — 6,000 tons in the aggregate — and nearly $1 million in savings, according to Mayor Carolyn Kirk.

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Nov 30

“State grant to help pay for Dartmouth’s new recycling bins”

“Since the inception of our (SMART) program, we have reduced our solid waste budget by more than $400,000, reduced the number of waste collection trucks from four a day to two, as well as the number of personnel assigned to each truck.”

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Nov 12

“Pay-as-You-Throw Program Yields Results”

Recycling Today: Grafton, MA, saves $135,000 annually with 41 percent reduction in solid waste and 96 percent increase in recycling.

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Oct 25

“Solid Waste Down 41%, Recycling Up 96% as PAYT Saves Town $135,000 Annually”

The Grafton News: Solid waste disposal has been reduced by 41% while recycling has increased 96% in the first three years of the Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT), program, saving the Town about $135,000 annually.

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Oct 25

“Grafton pay-as-you-throw cuts trash 41 percent”

Worcester Telegram: In the three years since Grafton adopted a pay-as-you-throw residential trash program, residents have reduced their solid waste disposal by 41 percent, to 3,041 tons in 2012 from 5,169 tons in 2009, according to Assistant Town Administrator Kevin J. Mizikar.

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Sep 15

“More Cape towns eyeing pay-as-you-throw trash”

Cape Cod Times: Other towns are taking notice of the success in Sandwich. Last week, the Renewable Energy Committee in Barnstable, which consulted with Tilton, recommended to the town council that the Cape’s largest town go to a curbside pay-as-you-throw system, Richard Elrick, coordinator of the town’s energy department, said.

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Sep 12

“‘Pay as you throw’ deemed successful in its first year”

WickedLocal.com: WasteZero of Cambridge says that Sandwich – after its first year in the so-called “pay as you throw” trash disposal and recycling program – had saved $120,000 in costs in its solid waste reduction program.

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Sep 9

“Trash Talk”

CapeCodOnline.com: Last year, Sandwich recognized the need to control waste costs and instituted a pay-as-you-throw policy. Under this approach, residents purchase a transfer station sticker for only $55, half the previous year’s price. They must also buy town-issued trash bags at a set cost. These are the only bags accepted at the town landfill. Recycling…

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May 31

“Maine garbage study shows 60 percent of trash could be diverted”

A recently updated 2011 study by the University of Maine School of Economics that sorted and assessed the contents of trash in a representative sample of 17 Maine communities concludes that as much as 60 percent of what’s thrown away could be diverted from the waste stream through composting and recycling.

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