New research from UNH says pay-as-you-throw trash programs are sharply reducing solid waste generation in New Hampshire towns. Roughly 1 in 5 New Hampshire towns and cities use pay-as-you-throw. Usually, that means they only collect trash that's put in official municipal trash bags, which residents have to buy for a dollar or two a piece. UNH environmental economist John Halstead and his team found homes in towns with the program threw away an average of half as much trash as those without – less than 800 pounds a year, compared to more than 1,500. Halstead says it's more evidence that pay-as-you-throw can become a rare ideal economic solution in the right circumstances. “You don’t subsidize it – you make people pay for what they produce, and you make...
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UNH Study: Pay-As-You-Throw Can Cut Trash Generation In Half