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Information for the Fight
Against Trash

China gets tough on US recyclables. How one Maine town is fighting back.

After receiving a notice from their recycling facility that they had amassed thousands of dollars in fees over just 15 days for excessive recycling contamination, the city of Sanford, Maine decided to ramp up their enforcement efforts for recycling rules. Thanks to their pay-as-you-throw program their efforts were a resounding success.

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PayAsYouThrow.org

PayAsYouThrow.org is a project of the Recycling Foundation and is supported by forward-thinking organizations that believe in the power of pay-as-you-throw to help cities and towns achieve their municipal waste reduction and recycling goals.

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WasteZero Trash Metering

General fact sheet describing WasteZero’s primary method of pay-as-you-throw (PAYT):  Bag-based Trash Metering

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WasteZero Retail Store Distribution

Fact sheet on WasteZero’s Retail Store Distribution (RSD) capability:  For any PAYT program, recycling bag program, or any other program that requires bags to be distributed through retail stores, WasteZero has you covered.  We handle everything, including recruiting retailers, storing and managing inventories, receiving and processing orders, tracking and managing receivables, and accounting.

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Ellen Macarthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with business, government and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.

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EPA Data on Waste

Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling  

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The New Plastics Economy

In a new plastics economy, plastic never becomes waste or pollution. Three actions are required to achieve this vision and create a circular economy for plastic. Eliminate all problematic and unnecessary plastic items. Innovate to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Circulate all the plastic items we use to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.

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WasteZero Supplies & Solutions Capabilities

Supplies & Solutions is about more than just a bag.  Our combination of capabilities is unique in the industry, and a must for customers with specialized or complex requirements.

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Basic Information about Landfill Gas

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 14.1 percent of these emissions in 2017.

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State of Recycling in The US

Presentation highlights the current state of recycling in the United States.  Key topics include: impact of Chinese policies and single-stream recycling.

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