Pay-As-You-ThrowThe Solution To The Trash Problem
WasteZero helps cities and towns across the US dramatically cut their trash, increase recycling, save money, and help the environment. We do this by designing and managing pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) programs.
We have worked with all types of PAYT. We are a national leader in tag-based pay-as-you-throw programs, we’ve worked with numerous variable rate cart programs, and we are the nation’s leader in bag-based PAYT systems. Time and again our experience has shown that bag-based systems are the most effective.
Our comprehensive approach to bag-based PAYT is called WasteZero Trash Metering®.
How WasteZero Trash Metering® Works
We enable cities and towns to charge residents for trash services based on the amount of trash residents throw away.
Today, people typically pay for trash collection and disposal through a flat fee. With our programs, cities typically reduce or eliminate flat fees and replace them with variable pricing.
People who throw away more pay more, while people who throw away less pay less.
When it’s paired with free recycling services, PAYT simply and effectively aligns the incentives for everybody to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Metering Trash with Trash Bags
Our programs use brightly colored, custom-designed trash bags as the way to “meter” trash. Here’s how:
- Residents must dispose of their trash only in the official trash bags, which they purchase at local retail stores.
- The bags usually cost $1 to $2 (depending on size), which covers the cost of the bag, as well as the collection and disposal of trash.
- Money collected from the sale of the official trash bags is delivered to the local government, which uses it to provide trash service.
- The bags are a distinctive color, printed with the city artwork or seal, and easily identified by collection workers.
- Residents are motivated to throw away less and recycle more because they can see—and control—what they are paying for trash removal.