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Dec 20

Sandwich MA Receives 2012 Crown Community Award from American City & County Magazine

Sandwich, MA – December 20, 2012 – Today, American City & County magazine recognized Sandwich, MA as one of America’s 2012 Crown Communities, specifically for its pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) municipal solid waste reduction program ( http://digitaledition.americancityandcounty.com/?iid=90b3ad6e).

Presented annually since 1998, the Crown Communities Award for local government excellence recognizes cities and counties, “… that exemplify the best that local governments have to offer.”  Sandwich joins Charleston County, SC, Lincoln, NE, Louisville, KY, Ocean Springs, MS, Riverside, CA, and West Monroe, LA-all recognized for innovation and excellence in local government.

This past July marked the one-year anniversary of Sandwich’s new pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) solid waste reduction program. On July 1, 2011, the Town converted its residential solid waste program to the new WasteZero PAYT program-with dramatic results.  During that time, according to Department of Public Works Director Paul Tilton, Sandwich residents reduced their solid waste by 42% and recycled 74% more plastic, metals, and glass.  Also, the Town’s solid waste disposal costs dropped more than $10,000 per month for annual savings in excess of $120,000.

A primary impetus behind the PAYT program was to offset anticipated increases in the tipping fee (price per ton the town pays to SEMASS/Covanta to dispose of its trash) at its incinerator in Rochester by increasing recycling and reducing solid waste.  The town’s current contract with SEMASS/Covanta expires in 2015, and officials are anticipating that fees will double-at a minimum-in the next contract.

About American City & County

American City & County has been the voice of state and local government since 1909. The magazine serves a powerful audience of city, county, and state officials who are charged with developing and implementing government policy, programs, and projects. The magazine maintains its leadership position by providing these readers with news, government trends, policy alternatives, and operational solutions.

About WasteZero

WasteZero, the leading provider of the most effective waste reduction programs in the US, partners with approximately 800 municipalities to reduce waste landfilled and burned, increase recycling, and generate savings. Our WasteZero Trash Metering™ programs and Pay-As-You-Throw conversion programs reduce solid waste 44% annually on average.

WasteZero uses leading edge technology to manufacture all of our of our programs’ supplies, including customized plastic trash bags. Our Retail Store Distribution Program™ offers trash bag warehousing, inventory management, accounting, and more. WasteZero has offices in Cambridge, MA, Raleigh, NC, Murrells Inlet, SC, and Chicago, IL.

For more information about WasteZero, please visit www.wastezero.com.