Pay as You Throw

Projected GHG Reduction: Unknown
Implementation year(s): 2014

A “pay as you throw” waste collection system eliminates unlimited waste disposal, providing residents with incentive to limit waste production and increase recycling and composting. A local example is Cranberry Township. In November 2004, Cranberry Township established a waste disposal program, called “Collection Connection,” which requires customers to pay a base monthly fee, determined by the size of their garbage can. Customers then have the option to purchase tags for extra bags of garbage or larger items that do not fit in their can. This system eliminates “unlimited service.” Users choose between a 35-, 64-, or 96-gallon garbage can, paid for by Butler County, and owned by Cranberry Township. The monthly fee also includes collection of recyclables and yard waste eight months a year.

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