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Communities leading real change
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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“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

Plymouth, MA

Curbside or Drop-Off: Success Either Way

To increase its recycling, reduce trash costs for residents, and create a more fair and efficient trash collection program, the Town of Plymouth, MA began its bag-based PAYT program at drop-off centers in July 2013. In just three months, the Town saw a 39% reduction in solid waste volume. While not shown here, in January 2014, the Town adopted automated…

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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

Hanson, MA

Going PAYT When Tipping Fees Increase

Going PAYT to Avoid Increased Tipping Fees

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