On March 22nd, commissioners unanimously approved a switch to a universal pay-as-you-throw system.
A Boston-based television news program dedicates an entire episode to the solid waste crisis and looks at how some cities and towns are battling it–including pay-as-you-throw.
The central Maine city has also cut trash tonnage by 50% and increased the recycling rate by almost 50%. Mayor: “The savings from the PAYT program have had a positive impact on the city’s tax rate, which benefits all of our taxpayers.”
A column written for Governing magazine by the president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance on how pay-as-you-throw can help cities increase their recycling and save money.
After six months of pay-as-you-throw, the city will be saving an additional $100,000 per year by moving to every-other-week garbage collection.
Town manager: “The magnitude of those changes and how quickly that fell into place really is impressive.”
Also known as the “pay-as-you-throw law,” the new statute is already demonstrating positive results.
“Most people in communities with pay-as-you-throw programs responded that it was ‘easier to comply’ than they thought it would be, and most considered the costs ‘fair,’ the survey results state.”
Trash tonnage fell by 54%.