Eliot, ME

57% Trash Reduction in 4 Months!

The small town of Eliot, ME decided to find a way to reduce the tax burden on residents. To address these efforts, in early September, 2013, the Town kicked off its WasteZero PAYT program.  In four short months, the amount of trash generated dropped by more than half, and the Town saved close to $9,000, putting them on a path that exceeded their projected first-year savings.

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By the Numbers

  • Population:  6,200
  • Median Income/Household:  $75,000
  • Bag-based PAYT at the drop-off center


  • Trash tonnage dropped 57% (from 268 tons to 116 tons)
  • The Town saved $8,589 on incineration costs
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