Communities leading real change

Analysis of PAYT/SMART Impact in Massachusetts

Head-to-head comparison of trash volumes generated by PAYT/SMART towns and non-PAYT/SMART towns in Massachusetts, 2016.

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“Many people have come to me and said how much money they’ve saved under [the WasteZero system]. If you’re willing to recycle, you’re going to save money.”

Select Board Chair, Littletown, MA

Analysis of PAYT Impact in Southern Maine (ecomaine)

Head-to-head comparison of trash volumes generated by PAYT towns and non-PAYT towns in southern Maine, 2018. Data provided by ecomaine.

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“It’s a very successful program. Natick is actually used as a model by (the state) Department of Environmental Protection for other communities.”

Town Administrator, Natick, MA

Concord, NH

Cutting Waste and Saving Money in New Hampshire's Capital City

Facing a dramatic increase in tipping fees, the city of Concord NH began a pay-as-you-throw program in July 2009. Over the first five years of the program, residential solid waste tonnage decreased by almost half, and the recycling rate more than doubled. The program has seen more than 90% compliance since its first week. The…

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