Communities leading real change
Worcester, MA

Long-Running Success Story in a Large City

In 1993, Worcester’s municipal budget crisis forced the City to adopt a bag-based PAYT waste reduction and recycling program.  In the first week, Worcester’s recycling rate shot from 2% to 38%, and their solid waste volume dropped 47% between the year before the program and the year after.

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“Many people have come to me and said how much money they’ve saved under [the WasteZero system]. If you’re willing to recycle, you’re going to save money.”

Select Board Chair, Littletown, MA

Gloucester, MA

Switching to Bags Saved $1 Million

In 1990, in an effort to cut its solid waste, the City of Gloucester, MA instituted a tag-based pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program. Shortly after, it was apparent that the program was falling short of the City’s expectations. To do more, in 2009 Gloucester moved away from tags and adopted WasteZero’s bag-based PAYT program.

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“It’s a very successful program. Natick is actually used as a model by (the state) Department of Environmental Protection for other communities.”

Town Administrator, Natick, MA

Sandwich, MA

Success With Seasonably Variable Populations

The Cape Cod town of Sandwich, MA began its pay-as-you-throw program in July of 2011 to avoid the sting of tipping fees that were set to double.  After four years of PAYT, the popular vacation destination had more than met its goals, cutting trash in half and saving almost $600,000.

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