Over 7000 U.S.
municipalities now use this method of cost accounting for their
municipal waste collection, and the number keeps growing.
is one of the leaders, where currently 143 communities "Pay
As They Throw." What is it, you ask? It's the same way you
pay for your water, your electricity, your natural gas, virtually
every other utility or municipal service you receive. It's simple,
it's fair and it encourages recycling. Pay As You Throw means
you pay according to how much garbage you produce! This creates
a direct economic incentive to recycle more and to generate less
programs keep track of number of bags, whereas some gauge by
weight. There are many options, but a common example is: Resident
pays a yearly fee which covers the town's fixed costs of waste
disposal. This fee includes 104 "free" bags, or 2 per
week. Additional bags, if needed, can then be purchased by the
resident from local merchants - supermarkets, drugstores, etc.
Research and experience show that a well planned PAYT program
can save a community considerable money by raising their recycling
rates, simultaneously lowering their municipal waste disposal
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MA has a hugely successful PAYT program.
*The entire state of Rhode Island will soon switch over to PAYT
*Cohasset, MA, Population 7,750, similar to Chatham: Saved $100,000
in their first year of PAYT