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Sanford, ME

PAYT: Worth Coming Back To

In July 2010, the City of Sanford, ME instituted a bag-based pay-asyou-throw (PAYT) program.  Immediately, trash volume dropped by half.  Four months later, the town repealed the program with predictable results: The amount of trash shot up, almost back to where it started.  In September, 2013, Sanford reinstated PAYT, with impressive results.

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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

Pay-as-You-Throw Survey Results From Public Policy Polling

This memo from Public Policy Polling details the results from their survey of residents’ satisfaction with WasteZero pay-as-you-throw programs.

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