To increase its recycling, reduce trash costs for residents, and create a more fair and efficient trash collection program, the Town of Plymouth, MA began its bag-based PAYT program at drop-off centers in July 2013. In just three months, the Town saw a 39% reduction in solid waste volume. While not shown here, in January 2014, the Town adopted automated curbside collection and saw its total solid waste tonnage drop even more dramatically.
By the Numbers
- Population: 56,468
- Median Income/Household: $77,228
- Bag-based PAYT with curbside collection or drop-off center
Results in First Six Months
- 42% reduction in solid waste tonnage
- $76,268 in tipping fee savings and recyclable sales revenue