Information for the Fight
Against Trash

Cutting Trash in Half: Secure Finances With Pay-as-You-Throw

In this article in Maine Townsman, the magazine of the Maine Municipal Association, WasteZero Chairman John Campbell and former Portland, Maine, Mayor George Campbell examine how pay-as-you-throw is already helping many Maine cities and towns, and show what it could do for others that have not yet made the switch. The article includes detailed case…

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The First Year of Pay-as-You-Throw in Plymouth, Mass.

This presentation details the success of pay-as-you-throw in Plymouth, Mass., at the program’s one-year mark.

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The People Speak: Pay-as-You-Throw and Resident Satisfaction

This article from the June 2014 issue of MSW Management magazine details the findings from a Public Policy Polling survey of 1,000 people in pay-as-you-throw communities, including the following: 79% have a favorable opinion of PAYT, with 52% reporting a very favorable opinion. 68% see the program as fair. 74% think it is not difficult to…

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Pay-as-You-Throw Survey Results From Public Policy Polling

This memo from Public Policy Polling details the results from their survey of residents’ satisfaction with WasteZero pay-as-you-throw programs.

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WasteZero Pay-as-You-Throw

This short video tells a “tale of two neighbors” to illustrate the power of WasteZero’s pay-as-you-throw programs.

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Bob Moylan Tells Worcester’s Pay-as-You-Throw Story

The former Public Works Commissioner in Worcester, Mass., who started that city’s pay-as-you-throw program and then ran it for 20 years, talks about the experience of starting a PAYT program and discusses its success.

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About Pay-As-You-Throw

Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) programs come in many shapes and sizes.  This article provides a great overview of the different methods cities and towns use to put PAYT into action.  It also lists the relative strengths and weaknesses of each program type.  The key pay-as-you-throw program types covered include: Cash Overflow Programs Variable Rate Carts Tag or…

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Making Pay-as-You-Throw Pay

This article from the October 2013 issue of Resource Recycling magazine examines how pay-as-you-throw programs can benefit municipal recycling, with case studies from several PAYT communities.

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Best Practices for PAYT (Part 3): Implementation

This article, from the September 2013 issue of WasteAdvantage magazine, outlines the key success factors for implementing a bag-based pay-as-you-throw program.  It covers topics important to any city leader or staff member involved with a new program start-up: Pre-launch preparation Resident communications Distribution and inventory planning Enforcement Rollout management Ongoing program management

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Best Practices for PAYT (Part 2) – Planning for Implementation

This article, from the August 2013 issue of WasteAdvantage magazine, explains the information that city leaders must assess before adopting a pay-as-you-throw program.  It covers Initial data gathering Program selection and design PAYT benefits assessment (financial and environmental)  

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