“Pay as You Throw” Helps Save Brewer $370,000

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A public administration professional, Stephen Lisauskas serves as vice president of government affairs at WasteZero. Stephen Lisauskas also oversees the company’s municipal partnerships division in northeast.

Recently, WasteZero shared an article published by the Bangor Daily News that highlighted the success of its “Pay as You Throw” program. Following five years of participation by the city of Brewer in Massachusetts, the local government reported a savings of $370,000. The achievement was a result of the waste reduction program as well as the city’s implementation of zero-sort recycling one year prior.

Local residents utilize bags offered through the “Pay as You Throw” program to fill with waste for curbside pickup. The result, as of 2016, was a drop in solid waste collection by half. In addition, a boost of 24 percent in recycling was recorded, which amounts to a 29 percent recycling rate. The waste reduction solutions have also improved city tax rates as an added benefit to local residents.

WasteZero President Talks to LA Times about Garbage Crisis

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In addition to his role as a senior associate at the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Stephen Lisauskas serves as vice president of government affairs and regional vice president of sales at WasteZero. There, Stephen Lisauskas advises government officials on waste reduction initiatives. WasteZero is a certified B Corp on a mission to reduce waste in the United States by half. Since 1991, the company has partnered with towns, cities, and municipalities to help improve their recycling programs, reduce waste, and save money.

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, WasteZero President Mark Dancy was interviewed about the global waste crisis. Each year, 1.3 billion tons of waste is generated globally, and the U.S. is the largest contributor, at 254 million tons in 2013. Mr. Dancy weighed in on the reasons Americans may not realize how much waste they are producing, suggesting that since most people pay a flat fee for trash pickup, they don’t think about how much they dispose of. He advocates WasteZero’s “pay as you throw” program, in which people are charged by the bag, rather than paying a flat rate.

WasteZero Programs Lead to Cost Savings in Brewer, Maine

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For more than five years, Stephen Lisauskas has served as a Senior Associate at the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Stephen Lisauskas balances this role with his responsibilities as the Vice President of Government Affairs and the Regional Vice President of Municipal Partnerships at WasteZero.

Committed to halving the amount of trash in America, WasteZero helps implement cutting-edge waste reduction programs in communities across the country, including the city of Brewer, Maine. WasteZero helped Brewer establish a pay-as-you-throw program in 2011 to decrease the amount of trash transported to a facility in another town.

Over the past five years, these programs have saved Brewer $370,000 by significantly increasing recycling rates and decreasing the tonnage of solid waste collected. Brewer reports that the WasteZero programs led to an almost six-fold increase in recycling rates and cut the amount of curbside waste collected by 50 percent. According to a representative from WasteZero, the programs are successful in part because they improve consumers’ awareness about the cost of trash.