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.
By The Numbers
- Population: 10,300
- Median Household Income: $93,000
- PAYT Type: Bag-based, with dual-stream recycling at a drop-off center
- 64% decrease in solid waste tonnage
- 38% recycling rate
- $51,295 in disposal savings