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B Corps and Best for the Environment

Being a certified B Corp means a lot to us at WasteZero, so we’re especially pleased that for the second year running, we’ve been named to the nonprofit B Lab’s “Best for the Environment” list–an honor reserved for just 116 companies in the top 10% of certified B Corps for environmental impact. WasteZero’s environmental score of 43 puts…

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How to Talk About Pay-as-You-Throw

Pay-as-you-throw works: that much we know. With an average waste reduction of 44%, and dramatic financial and environmental benefits, there’s really no question that PAYT is wise public policy. But the politics of pay-as-you-throw can be trickier. People naturally resist many kinds of change, and changing a system as personal as trash can feel especially troubling. What’s more,…

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Natick, Mass., and the Environmental Benefits of Pay-as-You-Throw

You’ve heard us say before that pay-as-you-throw is good for the environment. And there’s a reason for that: cutting the amount of trash we throw away and recycling more reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves energy. That’s true on a global and national scale, but it’s no less true at the scale of individual towns…

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Eight Is Great for Pay-as-You-Throw in Ashland, Mass.

This month marks eight years of pay-as-you-throw in the Massachusetts town of Ashland, and what an eight years it’s been: solid waste is way down, recycling is way up, and the town has saved almost a million dollars. Ashland, a town of 16,500, sits about 20 miles west of Boston. They began using their orange-bag…

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Pay-as-You-Throw and Popular Opinion: A Winning Combination

We’ve known for a long time that people like pay-as-you-throw. How could we not? We’ve been at this for a long time—more than twenty years—and we’ve worked with hundreds of cities and towns. And along the way we’ve had the opportunity to talk with lots of people, to learn about what drives them and what…

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What It Means to Be “Best for the Environment”

Last week, on Earth Day, WasteZero was named to the 2014 B Corp “Best for the Environment” list. That’s an exciting honor, for sure—it only goes to the companies with an “environmental impact score” in the top 10% of all certified B Corps (already a high-performing bunch). In fact, WasteZero scored 43 for environmental impact,…

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The Garbage Crisis in America

What do you call a system that charges people the same amount for a product whether they use it sparingly or wastefully, creates outcomes that run counter to the objectives of the people in charge of it, and is built in a way that actually encourages people to be wasteful? You call that system garbage….

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The Many Faces of Pay-As-You-Throw

When run correctly, pay-as-you-throw programs can reduce solid waste volume by 50% or more. Everybody knows that this can save towns and cities money, help the environment, and preserve limited municipal resources. However, there are many different ways to do PAYT. Some types of programs work well, and others don’t. Before embarking on a new…

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