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Les Evans, VP of Municipal Partnerships, WasteZero (www.wastezero.com) presents on "The Pay-As-You-Throw Solution for Recycling and Financial Savings" at The 2013 Tennessee Department of Environment & …

Les Evans, VP of Municipal Partnerships, WasteZero (www.wastezero.com) presents on "The Pay-As-You-Throw Solution for Recycling and Financial Savings" at The 2013 Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation Symposium

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  • We are 100% focused on implementing successful municipal waste reduction and recycling programs.We embrace innovative waste management solutions and dedicate our company to our municipal partners’ success.We deliver integrated waste reduction programs in more than 850 municipalities—more than any other company in the US.Of the programs that we’ve designed and implemented over the past 20 years, 99.6% are still running successfully.We manufacture 99% of the supplies that support our programs in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hemingway, SC. We have offices in Cambridge, MA, Raleigh, NC, and Chicago, IL.
  • STORY: Traditional PAYT is one way 1000’s of US municipalities have begun addressing those challenges.Different programs have resulted in different levels of success.NOTES: In an attempt to address these challenges and to forge real and lasting change, many communities have turned to pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) programs.Municipalities implement PAYT programs in different ways. During our 20-year history, WasteZero has implemented hundreds of programs and has served as the leading provider of supplies and services. WasteZero clearly understands the drivers that makes some programs more effective than others.Programs can be metered in a number of ways, including:Variable rate cartsOverflow containersTag affixed to bagSpecialized bagPrograms can be implemented at curbside (or convenience center) by any number of parties, including:MunicipalitiesPrivate waste haulersRecycling companiesPrograms can be measured in a wide range of ways, including:Decrease in waste generatedIncrease in recycling diverted from the waste streamAmount of money saved in tipping feesPrograms can be priced in a number of ways, including:Flat fees + PAYT bagsPAYT bags onlyBenefit sharing with residentsMIR
  • WasteZero Trash Metering™ programs are successful in changing behaviors to reduce waste and increase recycling without disrupting residents.
  • STORY: And those results are reach far beyond less trash and better recycling rates.NOTES:WasteZero works with potential partners to quantify the environmental impact of their current programs and compare it with the projected impacts of our WasteZero Trash Metering™ programs.
  • STORY: And those results are reach far beyond less trash and better recycling rates.NOTES:WasteZero works with potential partners to quantify the environmental impact of their current programs and compare it with the projected impacts of our WasteZero Trash Metering™ programs.
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    • 1. The Pay-As-You-Throw Solution for Recycling and Financial Savings 2013 Tennessee Symposium August 16, 2013
    • 2. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 2 • Founded in 1991 • Based in Raleigh, NC, with regional offices throughout the country (SC, MA, ME, and IL) • Focused on delivering best-in-class municipal waste reduction programs (100% customer retention rate) • Work with approximately 800 municipalities and countless private customers across 41 states • 100% of supplies made from recycled content in our manufacturing facility in Hemingway, SC About WasteZero
    • 3. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 3 The fact that garbage is an unmetered utility leads to avoidable waste of financial and environmental resources. Solid waste is typically the only utility residents do not pay for per unit. Solid Waste—The Last Unmetered Utility Electricity Gas Water Trash Metered Unmetered
    • 4. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 4 PAYT—What’s the Point? Regardless of how much trash they generate = $$$ = $$$ Or a little… = $$$ TRADITIONAL TRASH COLLECTION PAY-AS-YOU-THROW Or how little… Residents pay one fixed fee for disposal. They only pay for the amount of trash they throw away. If residents generate a lot of trash = $
    • 5. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 5 The Pay As You Throw Solution Full-service bag-based PAYT doubles or triples recycling rates in our partner communities. With full service bag- based PAYT
    • 6. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 6 The PAYT Solution—Overview Current Approach With WasteZero Trash Metering™ City charges solid waste fees and uses General Fund dollars Residents may purchase any trash bags (typically $0.30/bag) All trash bags are collected curbside or at drop-off centers City may reduce fees or reallocate General Fund dollars for disposal/collection Residents purchase WasteZero Trash Metering™ bags at local retail stores (typically $1-$2/bag) Only Trash Metering™ bags are collected curbside or at drop-off centers Recycling is optional, but not incentivized Behavior changes: waste is reduced and recycling increases EasyConvenient Effective
    • 7. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 7 PAYT Programs in the South Rural — Alamance County, NC — Coweta County, GA — Craven County, NC — Elbert County, GA — Oconee County, GA — Oglethorpe County, GA — Onslow County, NC — Rowan County, NC — Transylvania County, NC — Union County, NC Urban — Austell, GA — Charlottesville, VA — Decatur, GA — Gainesville, FL — Lynchburg, VA — Plantation, FL — Poquoson, VA — Tulsa, OK
    • 8. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 8 Increased Recycling Decrease in MSW (Tons) Increase in Recycling (Tons) Decatur GA 42% 79% Dartmouth MA 57% 50% Tiverton RI 50% 100% Malden MA 49% 74% S. Berwick ME 44% 47% Duxbury MA 43% 20% Grafton MA 41% 98% Ashland MA 35% 98% Sandwich MA 42% 74% Once PAYT programs are in place, MSW decreases and recycling increases are dramatic.
    • 9. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 9 Tennessee-Specific Benefits of Pay As You Throw Trash Diverted 1.3 Million Tons per Year Recycling Captured 520,000 Tons per Year Municipal Impact $320,000,000 per Year New Jobs 9,000+
    • 10. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 10 1Net of program services and supplies Program Net Financial Impact 1 Year 5 Years 10 Years Program Net Revenue1 $1.2M $5.9M $11.6M Disposal Savings $219K $1.6M $4.1M Incremental Recycling Revenue $72K $600K $1.5M Operational Cost Savings TBD TBD TBD Total Program Net Impact $1.6M $8.1M $17.2M Program Environmental Impact 1 Year 5 Years 10 Years Tons of Waste Diverted or Reduced 4,500 31,000 75,000 Tons of Additional Recycling 1,800 12,500 30,000 Metric Tons of CO2 Reduced 8,500 59,000 141,000 Millions of BTUs Conserved 71,500 494,000 1,200,000 The PAYT Solution—Mid-Size Southeastern City
    • 11. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 11 The PAYT Solution—Large Southeastern City Program Benefits and Savings 1 Year 5 Years 10 Years Program Net Revenue1 $11M $55M $114M Disposal Net Savings $750K $5M $13M Incremental Recycling Revenue $250K $2M $5M Operational Cost Savings TBD TBD TBD Total Program Net Impact $12M $62M $132M Tons of Waste Diverted or Reduced 20,000 125,000 300,000 Tons of Additional Recycling 8,600 56,000 135,000 1Net of program services and supplies Annual Environmental Impact Natural Resources Diverted1 13,500 Incremental tons of recycling/year Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduced2 50,950 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent/year Energy Saved2 478,500 Million BTUs/year Landfill Life Expectancy Increase TBD Incremental years 1WasteZero Trash Metering™ projection. 2EPA. Waste Reduction Model (WARM). Available at: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/waste/calculators/Warm_home.html. Accessed September 17, 2012.
    • 12. Copyright © 2013 WasteZero 12 Thank You! Les Evans Vice President, Municipal Partnerships Email: levans@wastezero.com Phone: 919 322 1221