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Communities leading real change
Sanford, ME

A Model Community for Reducing Recycling Contamination

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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“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

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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“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

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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