Jun 4

WasteZero Releases Report Analyzing the Impact of Pay-As-You-Throw Systems on Residential Trash in Southern Maine

Raleigh, N.C. – June 4, 2018 – WasteZero, the nation’s leader in helping cities and towns reduce residential trash, has released a report analyzing the impact of unit-based pricing (also known as pay-as-you-throw or PAYT) programs on residential trash.  The report contains head-to-head comparisons of municipalities that have PAYT programs and those who do not.  On average, municipalities with PAYT generate 44.8% less trash per capita each year.

The report uses data provided by ecomaine a leading non-profit organization that provides a range of waste disposal, recycling, and waste-to-energy solutions for cities and towns in southern Maine.  For fiscal year 2017, WasteZero gathered data from 20 municipalities.  To ensure valid comparisons, the company gathered data from all municipalities that met the following criteria:

  • Are ecomaine customers
  • Provide curbside trash collection service to residents
  • Provide curbside recycling collection service to residents
  • Have clean data on file with ecomaine

The following data points were collected for each city or town:

  • Population
  • Trash tonnage
  • Recycling tonnage
  • Recycling Rate
  • Whether the municipality uses a PAYT trash program

Of the twenty municipalities identified, 11 have bag-based PAYT systems and 9 have no PAYT at all.  For each municipality, WasteZero then calculated the average pounds of trash thrown away per person during fiscal year 2017.  The company then ranked the communities based on how much trash per capita they generate.  Top-line findings of the analysis include:

  • 9 of the 10 communities with the lowest pounds of trash per capita use PAYT.
  • For PAYT communities, the average pounds of trash per capita was 356.
  • For non-PAYT communities, the average pounds of trash per capita was 645.
  • PAYT communities generated, on average, 44.8% less trash than non-PAYT.
  • For the PAYT communities, the overall average recycling rate was 33.1%.
  • For the non-PAYT communities, the average recycling rate was 20.4%.

The report is available on WasteZero’s website at http://wastezero.wpengine.com/resources/analysis-of-payt-impact-in-southern-maine-ecomaine/

About WasteZero

WasteZero, the leading provider of municipal solid waste reduction programs in the U.S., is on a mission to cut residential trash in half across the nation. WasteZero partners with hundreds of municipalities throughout the U.S. to reduce the amount of waste landfilled and burned, increase recycling, and generate savings. The company helps municipalities design, launch, and manage next-generation pay-as-you-throw systems, in which people pay by the bag for their solid waste services. These programs increase individuals’ awareness of the cost of their trash, reducing solid waste by an average of 44% and doubling or sometimes tripling recycling rates. In most cases, WasteZero is able to guarantee its municipal customers that its programs will meet or exceed specific waste reduction targets.

WasteZero manufactures the customized specialty plastic trash bags for its programs and other customers in the U.S. from recycled content. It is committed to creating U.S. jobs and to solving the nation’s solid waste crisis. A certified B Corporation, WasteZero is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with a manufacturing facility in Hemingway, SC.

For more information, visit www.wastezero.com.


Locke Raper
Director, Marketing