Hanson, MA

Going Pay-As-You-Throw When Tipping Fees Increase

Facing a dramatic increase in tipping fees when its disposal contract ended, the town of Hanson, MA opted to begin a pay-as-you-throw program in July of 2014.  At the first anniversary of the program, Hanson had dramatically decreased waste and avoided the sting of the new, higher tipping fees.

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By The Numbers

  • Population:  10,300
  • Median Household Income:  $93,000
  • PAYT Type:  Bag-based, with dual-stream recycling at a drop-off center

First-Year Results:

  • 64% decrease in solid waste tonnage
  • 38% recycling rate
  • $51,295 in disposal savings
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