Blog : Guest Blog: City Should Consider Pay as You Throw Trash Collection

By Madalyn | Nov 13, 2014 | in

The Guest Blog below is from Josh Denton, a member of the Portsmouth Sustainable Practices Committee. This post summarizes a presentation to be made about sustainable practices at the upcoming Portsmouth City Council Meeting.

CITY SHOULD CONSIDER PAY AS YOU THROW TRASH COLLECTION
Portsmouth City Hall, Council Chambers
Monday, November 17th 7 - 8 p.m.
Portsmouth, NH

On Monday, Nov. 17, the Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainable Practices will present the City Council with energy efficiency and sustainability suggestions. In recent letters, I wrote about Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to assist property owners with energy efficiency and renewable energy investments, and about guidelines allowing slim black solar panel shingles to be visible from primary street-fronts in our Historic District. These ideas, along with others such as Pay As You Throw (PAYT), will be briefed.

PAYT essentially meters solid waste disposal like electricity, gas, and water; incentivizing reuse, recycling, and composting. Only solid waste in custom colored city specific trash bags, purchased at local stores, would be picked up along with recycling on regularly scheduled days.
Concord adopted PAYT five years ago, and trash collection decreased by more than 40 percent while recycling increased by more than 60 percent. This more efficient solid waste disposal system has the financial benefits associated with reducing landfill environmental dangers, reducing energy used to create new paper, plastic, and aluminum products, and reducing carbon emissions that coincide with trash incinerators and manufacturing new recyclable materials.

I advocate for sustainability on a local level and energy independence on a national level to reduce military engagements rooted in our dependence on foreign energy. Whether it be for this reason, preserving our environment, or reducing the impacts of climate change, show your support for the Port City becoming more energy efficient and sustainable on Nov. 17.

For more information, contact: Josh at joshuaddenton@hotmail.com