Cape Cod’s Oldest Pay-as-You-Throw Program, in Cape Cod’s Oldest Town

For a town that was founded almost 400 years ago, there’s a lot that’s innovative about Sandwich, Mass. It was the first town on Cape Cod—and it was the first Cape Cod community to adopt pay-as-you-throw, back in July of 2011. With three years under their belt now, Sandwich has the numbers to show what […]

Six Great Months of Pay-as-You-Throw in Wellfleet, Mass.

The numbers are in for the Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, Mass., which has just marked six months of pay-as-you-throw—and they’re great. In just a half a year with PAYT, Wellfleet has cut its residential waste tonnage by 40%. Between December 2013, when the program began, and May 2014, Wellfleetians threw away 309 tons of trash—a […]

Plymouth (Still) Rocks

When we last checked in on our friends in the town of Plymouth, Mass., in October, they were marking three months of pay-as-you-throw with some really powerful results: 39% waste reduction and $36,000 saved. By any measure, that’s a performance to be proud of. But we said at the time, “If Plymouth is anything like […]

How Gloucester, Mass., Switched From Stickers to Bags and Saved a Million Dollars

Some communities that want to move to pay-as-you-throw consider going with stickers or tags instead of bags. At first glance, asking people to affix a sticker or tag on a trash bag of their choice seems like it would work the same way as bag-based pay-as-you-throw: after all, in both cases people are paying a […]

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 […]

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 […]