The Financial Power of Pay-as-You-Throw

We’re all used to hearing the knock on waste reduction initiatives: if they’re effective, they’re expensive–and if they don’t cost very much, they don’t do very much. Right? Wrong. One of the most impressive things about the pay-as-you-throw model is that it breaks that paradigm, simultaneously bringing cities and towns profound waste reduction while also making a […]

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 […]

Worcester’s Big Anniversary

The pay-as-you-throw program in Worcester, Mass. celebrates its twentieth anniversary next week, and the city has put up some big numbers to mark the occasion: 400,000 tons of trash diverted 200,000 tons of additional recycling Savings of more than $10 million in waste disposal costs Per-capita disposal of 396 pounds of waste per year—44% of […]

A Good Study

A recent study by AMERIPEN, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, took a close look at all the different methods that local, state, and federal governments use to reduce waste and increase recycling.  They analyzed techniques used across the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.  Those techniques included Disposal bans Mandatory recycling Unit-based pricing, […]

A Pay-As-You-Throw Success Story in Bath, Maine

Our partner community Bath, Maine celebrated five years of pay-as-you-throw last fall, and the results were astounding. Bath is a coastal community of around 8,500 residents, known as the “City of Ships” for its rich shipbuilding history. Bath’s program combines PAYT with curbside single-stream recycling for around 3,000 households, and over their first five years […]