With Pay-as-You-Throw, Good Policy Is Good Politics

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: pay-as-you-throw isn’t just good policy; it’s also good politics. That’s been true for a while, and the news yesterday out of Waterville, Maine, is just more evidence for it. In a city-wide referendum, Waterville residents voted by an overwhelming two-to-one margin to continue PAYT. It’s not hard to see why. Pay-as-you-throw […]

Pay-as-You-Throw, and Don’t Look Back

It’s Town Meeting Season in New England, when people fill up high school gyms and libraries to vote on things like town budgets, school funding, road repairs… and, sometimes, pay-as-you-throw. Most years, people in at least a few towns in the region find a way to get PAYT on the ballot. That’s what happened in Hopkinton, N.H., […]

“Our Garbage Collection System Is the Best I Have Found”

The city of Plantation, Florida, has one of the longest-running pay-as-you-throw programs around–and it’s well-loved by the people who use and benefit from it. Just last year, a survey of residents participating in the city’s blue-bag program found 70% approval for it. (That’s a finding, by the way, in line with the conclusions in Public Policy Polling’s […]

Pay-as-You-Throw and Popular Opinion: A Winning Combination

We’ve known for a long time that people like pay-as-you-throw. How could we not? We’ve been at this for a long time—more than twenty years—and we’ve worked with hundreds of cities and towns. And along the way we’ve had the opportunity to talk with lots of people, to learn about what drives them and what […]

Popular, Easy, and Fair

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Our pay-as-you-throw programs are incredibly “sticky”—once a community signs on, it tends to stay with us. There’s a reason for that, and figuring it out isn’t rocket science: PAYT is popular, easy, and fair. In the more than 20 years that WasteZero has been teaming up with towns and cities to deliver PAYT, we’ve seen […]