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Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In December 2003, the Massachusetts DEP announced technical assistance grant awards to a dozen Massachusetts cities and towns that want to evaluate or implement Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) solid waste management programs. DEP will provide each of these communities with up to 80 hours of direct assistance. The communities receiving grants are Amesbury, Andover, Arlington, Belmont, Beverly, Braintree, Framingham, Gardner, Lenox, Springfield, Winchester, and Wrentham. More than 100 communities across Massachusetts already have PAYT programs in place. Also known as unit-based pricing, PAYT is a system in which residents pay for municipal solid waste management services based on how many bags or barrels of trash they discard rather than solely through a fixed fee or property tax. Recycling and composting are provided for no additional charge. Just as they do with electricity, water and other utilities, residents pay only for the service they actually use. Because residents who discard less trash pay lower fees, they have a financial incentive to throw away less and to recycle and compost more. PAYT is a fair and effective approach that cities as large as Brockton and Worcester have adopted to reduce waste and solid waste costs.

Project Contact
Name Joseph Lambert
Phone 617-574-6875
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Funding and grants
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 14 No. 1, Spring 2004


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