Communities leading real change
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

Eliot, ME

57% Trash Reduction

The small town of Eliot, ME decided to find a way to reduce the tax burden on residents. To address these efforts, in early September, 2013, the Town kicked off its WasteZero PAYT program.  In four short months, the amount of trash generated dropped by more than half, and the Town saved close to $9,000, putting them on a…

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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

Analysis of the Long-Term Impact of PAYT/SMART in MA

Analysis of the impact of PAYT/SMART programs in the 50 largest municipalities in MA with curbside trash collection.  Reviews data from 2013 through 2016 and confirms the long-term effectiveness of PAYT/SMART.

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