A graduate of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Stephen Lisauskas holds an MPA in finance and management. Stephen Lisauskas leverages his training to serve as Vice President of Government Affairs and Regional Vice President of Municipal Partnerships at WasteZero.
One of the leading waste reduction companies in the United States, WasteZero works with more than 800 cities, towns, counties, state agencies, and organizations to implement waste-reduction plans. One of the ways the company recommends reducing waste is through a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program.
Whereas most cities and towns charge residents a flat rate for garbage removal, PAYT uses a variable rate according to usage. Communities that have instituted PAYT programs have been able to increase recycling and reduce waste while helping to protect the environment.
In turn, less waste leads to lower costs for the trash sent to landfills, which allows communities to allocate these funds to other services and programs, such as schools and parks. The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has found PAYT to be so effective that it recommends this method as one of the top three ways to increase recycling and reduce solid waste.