Natick, MA

Waste Reduction and 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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By the Numbers

  • Population:  33,000
  • Median Income/Household:  $95,000
  • Bag-based PAYT with curbside trash and recycling collection


  • 35% decrease in solid waste tonnage
  • 15% increase in recycling rate
  • 24% reduction in tipping costs, even as per-ton rates increased
  • $225,000 in annual disposal cost savings
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