Dec 20

WasteZero Enters Innovative Agreement to Reduce Trash Tonnage at Maine Waste-to-Energy Facility

Joshua Kolling-Perin
Director, Public Engagement

Saco, Maine – Dec. 20, 2015 – WasteZero, the leading waste reduction company in the U.S., has entered into an innovative agreement to dramatically reduce the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) sent to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC) waste-to-energy plant in Orrington, Maine.

PERC principal Maine Waste Processing, LLC (MWPC) is offering to eliminate all guaranteed annual tonnage requirements for the municipalities it serves in central and northern Maine. In addition, MWPC is embracing and promoting the WasteZero Trash Metering® pay-as-you-throw program to help communities to reduce their MSW and dramatically decrease their spending on solid waste. The two companies have also agreed to work together to develop and pilot other innovative programs for Maine communities, including WasteZero’s OneRoute® program. OneRoute® enables the collection of trash, recycling, and organics all in the same truck using different colored bags to separate the materials. This program could dramatically reduce costs for municipalities through greater operational efficiency and further waste reduction.

Residents of communities with pay-as-you-throw programs such as WasteZero Trash Metering® pay for their garbage on a per-bag basis, which creates an incentive to reduce MSW and increase recycling. WasteZero’s programs have reduced MSW tonnage by an average of 44% in the more than 800 communities it partners with around the U.S.

“We are taking a completely different approach to the market, with help from WasteZero. Instead of simply focusing on disposal, we are helping communities to address their financial and environmental objectives. We are proud to partner with WasteZero because they are the only company with a proven track record in Maine and across the U.S.,” MWRC President Kevin Tritz said.

WasteZero Chairman John Campbell said, “We are on a mission to cut the trash in half in America, and recognize Maine as a national leader for its success in reducing waste.  We applaud MWPC for their foresight in choosing to work with us to cut the trash in half in their partner communities.”

About Pay-as-You-Throw in Maine

There are 64 PAYT communities in Maine, encompassing almost one-third of state residents (417,000, or 31%). The PAYT cities and towns are located throughout the state and range in size from Maine’s largest city to some of the smallest towns in the state. 291,000 Maine PAYT participants take part in bag-based programs.

About WasteZero

WasteZero, the leading provider of municipal solid waste reduction programs in the U.S., is on a mission to cut residential trash in half across the nation. WasteZero partners with hundreds of municipalities throughout the U.S. to reduce the amount of waste landfilled and burned, increase recycling, and generate savings. The company helps municipalities design, launch, and manage next-generation pay-as-you-throw systems, in which people pay by the bag for their solid waste services. These programs increase individuals’ awareness of the cost of their trash, reducing solid waste by an average of 44% and doubling or sometimes tripling recycling rates. In most cases, WasteZero is able to guarantee its municipal customers that its programs will meet or exceed specific waste reduction targets.

WasteZero manufactures the customized specialty plastic trash bags for its programs and other customers in the U.S. from recycled content. It is committed to creating U.S. jobs and to solving the nation’s solid waste crisis. A certified B Corporation, WasteZero is a national organization with key management offices in Raleigh, N.C., the Boston area, and Maine, as well as a manufacturing facility in Hemingway, S.C.

For more information, visit www.wastezero.com.