WasteZero Trash Metering™ Helps the Environment

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The premise is simple:  less waste and more recycling mean reduced natural resource depletion, lower energy use, fewer carbon emissions, and reduced toxins that put water quality at risk.

By eliminating 44% of municipal solid waste (MSW) tonnage that gets buried or incinerated, WasteZero's programs help protect invaluable, limited, and diminishing natural resources. Think about this:  for every item that is landfilled or incinerated, a new one must be extracted, processed, and manufactured from virgin resources. The US buries or burns close to 170 million tons of municipal discards every year, but it extracts from the environment billions of tons of raw materials to make these products. The benefit to the environment that could be achieved with WasteZero Trash Metering™ is truly staggering.

“I think everyone has a role to play as an environmental steward, and by moving to a pay-per-bag model, it helped people focus not only on the true cost of waste disposal, but also how we use resources across the board, from what we produce to what we buy and, ultimately, to what we dispose of. The system has been a great success, both fiscally and environmentally.” Waste360 (MA)

“If every town in Connecticut switched to [PAYT] waste management and achieved a 40% diversion rate, then Connecticut would eliminate an estimated 595,000 MTCE (Million Ton of Carbon Equivalent) from the atmosphere - the equivalent of taking 446,250 cars off the roads.” EPA's Pay-As-You-Throw Bulletin

There are other environmental benefits to a WasteZero Trash Metering program, including extended landfill lifespan and the reduced need to accommodate new landfills or incinerators. Over time, WasteZero partner communities have benefitted from extending the use of their landfills and putting off the challenging and costly process of finding alternate solutions for their waste disposal.

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