Natick, Mass., Pay-as-You-Throw Program Has Saved $3.4 Million in Waste Disposal Fees Over 12 Years
Director, Public Engagement
North Andover, Mass. – Oct. 16, 2015 – The town of Natick, Mass., has saved $3.4 million in disposal fees at the 12-year anniversary of its pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) waste reduction and recycling program, according to new figures released by the town. The town has reduced its solid waste by 38% and dramatically increased its recycling rate.
The program began on July 1, 2003. Municipal solid waste (MSW) has decreased 38% since the program began—from 9,800 tons in Fiscal Year 2003 (the year before PAYT) to 6,106 tons in FY2015 (which ended on June 30).
Natick’s recycling rate has increased dramatically with PAYT, from 23% in the year before the program began to 37% in the most recent year.
The waste reduction from PAYT has had a profound impact on Natick’s municipal finances. The town has now saved an estimated $3,445,000 in disposal fees across the 12 years that the program has been in place.
There have also been meaningful environmental benefits to Natick’s PAYT program. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), the amount of garbage that Natick has diverted from the waste stream since 2003 has reduced greenhouse gases by an amount equal to the emissions from 14,000 cars during that period. In addition, the added recycling from PAYT has saved the same amount of energy that would have been used to power 5,400 houses across the 12 years.
About Natick’s PAYT Program
Under the program, residents use official blue bags stamped with the Natick-specific information for weekly curbside collection. Being more aware of the cost of their garbage makes residents more likely to recycle and divert other productive materials from the waste stream.
The blue bags are available at seven retail outlets in Natick. They are available in two sizes—15-gallon ($10.00 per 10-bag roll) and 33-gallon ($17.50 per 10-bag roll). The town’s bi-weekly single-stream recycling collection is free.
For more information about the program, click here: http://www.natickma.gov/291/Trash-CollectionPay-As-You-Throw-Program
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