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 […]

November WasteZero Newsletter

Boston TV News Covers Growth of Pay-as-You-Throw CBS affiliate reports on the program’s growing popularity throughout Massachusetts. Read more here. Plymouth, Mass., Marks First Anniversary of Successful Pay-as-You-Throw Program The town has cut trash by 44% and saved $83,000. Read more here. First Month of Waterville, Maine, Pay-as-You-Throw Program Exceeds Initial Projections Waterville, Maine, has […]

Success in Sanford

Do you remember when we told you a few months ago to “watch this space” to see what would happen with pay-as-you-throw in Sanford, Maine? Over the past few years, Sanford had adopted pay-as-you-throw, and then voted it out, and then adopted it again—and we had a hunch that they’d be putting up some good […]

Watch This Space—Pay-As-You-Throw in Sanford, Maine

The City of Sanford, Maine is back. For those of you keeping score, the city’s leaders instituted a bag-based pay-as-you-throw program in July of 2010, then voters repealed the program through a referendum four months later, and just this week they’ve started doing pay-as-you-throw again. As you’d expect, Sanford’s municipal solid waste volume plummeted when […]

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 […]