WasteZero Trash Metering™ Delivers With a
Proven Process


The crazy thing about residential trash is ... people think it is free to get rid of it. But that's not the case. Traditionally, residents are assessed for solid waste collection through property taxes or a fixed fee, regardless of how much - or how little - trash they generate. Pay-as-you-throw programs turn that idea upside down by treating trash services just like other utilities. Households pay a variable rate depending on the amount of service (in this case, per unit of trash disposed) they use. They do this by purchasing special bags with the municipality's seal in local retail stores. The bags typically cost $1 to $3 and allow residents to pre-pay for the disposal of that bag of trash. The programs are simple and fair. The less individuals throw away, the less they pay.

With a next-generation pay-as-you-throw program - specifically WasteZero Trash Metering™ - several programs and support services are integrated to form a more comprehensive, effective, and self-sustaining program.

Our experience has enabled us to create a simple yet comprehensive process to ensure that success:

First, three to six months in advance we launch the program to residents via web, print, and press.

Then, we produce the customized bags featuring the municipal seal (and any other information you would like residents to have).

Third, WasteZero stocks the bags in stores across town as part of our WasteZero Retail Store Distribution™ service. We even take care of inventory.

Finally, the program goes live, and trash is now being metered using WasteZero Trash Metering bags. Recycling materials are collected (usually) free in city-provided bins (or at the transfer station), further encouraging recycling.

For more than 20 years, WasteZero has been partnering with municipalities to deliver the most effective waste reduction programs in the United States. We provide the expertise, supplies, support services, and financing to ensure that our programs are successful.

Download Fact Sheets And Other Documents