At the fifth anniversary of its pay-as-you-throw program, the city releases figures showing that trash is down 43% and the recycling rate has climbed from 16% to 35%.
The Editorial Board of the Frederick News-Post speaks up in support of pay-as-you-throw in Frederick County, Md., writing that having financial incentives in place “makes sense for our other utilities, like electricity and water—why not for trash?”
The Cape Cod town reports that pay-as-you-throw has cut their trash tonnage in half, increased recycling by 74%, and saved $280,000.
Sanford, Maine, releases figures showing pay-as-you-throw has cut solid waste 40%, doubled the recycling rate, and put the city on track to save $151,000 per year in disposal savings.
The new pay-as-you-throw program in Wellfleet, Mass., has saved money, cut solid waste, and increased recycling in its first three months, the Town Administrator says in a report to the town board.
To mark six months of pay-as-you-throw, officials in Eliot, Maine, release figures showing a 59% drop in solid waste volume and a projected annual disposal fee savings of more than $23,000.
An article on the website Earth911.com examines the increasing number of communities converting to pay-as-you-throw, with a focus on WasteZero’s model and the recent success of several WasteZero partner communities.
Gloucester, Mass., marks five years of bag-based pay-as-you-throw with figures showing they’ve saved more than $1 million and cut waste 29% since moving from their sticker program.
In an editorial, the Cape Cod Times backs pay-as-you-throw as “the progressive trash movement.”
The Biddeford Journal Tribune reports on the positive results of Sanford, Maine’s, new pay-as-you-throw program at the three-month mark.