WasteZero Recommends Pay-As-You-Throw Programs

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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.

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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.