Plymouth, MA

Curbside or Drop-Off Center: Success Either Way

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.

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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


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