The Cape Cod town of Sandwich, MA began its pay-as-you-throw program in July of 2011 to avoid the sting of tipping fees that were set to double. After four years of PAYT, the popular vacation destination had more than met its goals, cutting trash in half and saving almost $600,000.
By the Numbers
- Population: 20,675 year-round
- Median Income/Household: $68,300
- 49% reduction in waste tonnage (year 2)
- 38% recycling rate
- $594,837 in disposal savings