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April 2, 2016

DCEN Pay-As-You-Throw Training!

Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 07:17:57 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Mark your calendars. DCEN Notice of a special 1/2 day zero waste training:

On April 13th, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, join the DC Environmental Network, Green Cross International, Global Green USA, and Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter for a special training on Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT).

This event will be held at the offices of Friends of the Earth and Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

You must RSVP here to attend. (PLEASE NOTE: We are limiting participation to 30-40 participants. Priority will be given to organizations and activists that are actively engaged in zero waste advocacy and recycling activities; Executive and Legislative branch representatives; and others involved in zero waste, recycling initiatives. If interested, RSVP, and we will confirm your participation.)

Our preliminary agenda:

8:30 – Light Breakfast & Networking (Breakfast compliments of Green Cross International and Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter)

9:00 – Overview & Introductions (Chris Weiss)

9:15 – PANEL 1: 

– Jan Canterbury, Former US EPA PAYT Project Manager. Jan will present on “PAYT and the Climate Waste Connection.” As someone who played a large role in helping the PAYT movement, resulting in over 7000 municipalities adopting PAYT, she will share some large picture perspectives to participants.

This will be followed by a question and comment opportunity.

10:30 – PANEL 2:

– Bob Moylan, Former Commissioner of the Worcester, MA, Department of Public Works. Bob will present on the “Successful Implementation of PAYT in Worcester, MA.” He will share hands-on details about how he led efforts to design Worcester’s PAYT program, designed and implemented a messaging campaign, and developed workable enforcement guidelines.

– Kristen Brown, Vice-President Municipal Partnerships, Waste Zero. Kristen will present on “How Might We Design PAYT in the District?” Kristen has helped numerous municipalities design and implement PAYT programs that make sense.

This will be followed by a question and comment opportunity.

12:00 – 12:30  Final Comments, Networking, and end of training.

You must RSVP here to attend. (You will be contacted with a confirmation of your participation.)  

Definition of PAYT taken from Wikepedia:

“Pay as you throw (PAYT) (also called trash metering, unit pricing, variable rate pricing, or user-pay) is a usage-pricing model for disposing of municipal solid waste. Users are charged a rate based on how much waste they present for collection to the municipality or local authority.

A variety of models exist depending on the region and municipality. Waste is measured by weight or size while units are identified using different types of bags, tags, containers or even RFID. Services for waste diversion, like recycling and composting, are often provided free of charge where PAYT systems are implemented.”


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