Sanford, ME

The Power of PAYT – Worth Coming Back To

In July 2010, the City of Sanford, ME instituted a bag-based pay-asyou-throw (PAYT) program.  Immediately, trash volume dropped by half.  Four months later, the town repealed the program with predictable results: The amount of trash shot up, almost back to where it started.  In September, 2013, Sanford reinstated PAYT, with impressive results.

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By the Numbers

  • Population:  20,000
  • Median Income/Household:  $44,000


  • 42% reduction in municipal solid waste
  • $28,000 in annual tipping fee savings
  • Near-doubling of the recycling rate
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