Communities who turned their trash into real savings
Dartmouth, MA

Trading Places: Trash & Recycling

To address fiscal challenges and extend the life of its landfill, the Town of Dartmouth MA introduced its PAYT program with automated recycling collection in October 2007.  As a result, the Town reduced its trash budget by paying less in tipping fees and by selling its recycling.  Now, the Town’s trash collection program is self-sufficient and runs independent of…

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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

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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“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

Natick, MA

Waste Reduction & Operational Savings

Natick began evaluating their PAYT options in early 2003 as a way to handle its fiscal challenges.  Soon after, in FY2004, it began its WasteZero bag-based PAYT program—and instantly experienced significant reduction in municipal solid waste.  In July 2013, it began its automated recycling collection.

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