The Facts About WasteZero Trash Metering™

Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) has been around for decades, but in recent years WasteZero has turned the concept upside down, creating an enhanced set of programs that can double or triple the results of traditional pay-as-you-throw.

WasteZero's next-generation PAYT programs, known as WasteZero Trash Metering™, are the simplest and most easily adopted by your residents. The concept is amazingly straightforward:  change how your residents pay for their trash today from a fee- or tax-based payment model to prepaid trash bags. In this way, their trash essentially becomes just another metered utility - they only pay for what they use (how much they throw away).

And there is minimal impact to residents:  they still buy their trash bags in their favorite retailer, only now they buy special colored, imprinted bags as part of their new WasteZero Trash Metering program. These bags typically cost more than generic plastic trash bags, which naturally encourages recycling, reuse, and overall reduction in what is thrown away. Ultimately lowering the volume of trash thrown away in your community, and reducing the cost of municipal solid waste management.

And WasteZero programs are 100% turnkey. From day one, we take care of everything - from public education and communication to billing and accounting. We even manufacture your town's custom bags in our US manufacturing plant, and then handle distributing them to retailers all over town.


WasteZero Trash Metering Programs

Building from the ground up, WasteZero partners with your municipality to design the right program for your specific needs. We provide the complete package from program design to resident communication, retail setup and delivery, inventory management, accounting, and reporting.

PAYT Conversion Programs

Already committed to the concept of waste reduction, but ready for better results? Nothing could be easier than converting from an existing pay-as-you-throw program to a WasteZero Trash Metering program.

100% US-Made Supplies

Because we make all of our own Trash Metering supplies in the US, we can deliver a truly customized solution for your municipality, with your choice of size, thickness, color, capacity, print, packaging, and closure type.

How do WasteZero's Trash Metering programs differ from traditional pay-as-you-throw? For starters, most studies cited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) estimate that the average reduction in solid waste from traditional pay-as-you-throw programs is in the 17% to 23% range. But with WasteZero Trash Metering programs, our municipal customers achieve an average reduction of 44%. Consider the tipping fees per ton you pay today:  What could this kind of reduction mean to your community?

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