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 Sticker Programs
  •  Bag-Based Programs

The key conclusion:  By far, bag-based programs work best, as long as they are implemented properly.