- The Raleigh City Council in North Carolina is considering a "Pay As You Throw" (PAYT) trash system. Residents would pay for each bag of garbage they generated, while recycling services would be free.
- The potential to decrease costs and potentially generate profit is a draw for towns. According to WUNC, Raleigh currently pays $33 for each ton landfilled. Each ton recycled could yield $30 per ton.
- If the transition occurs, North Carolina-based WasteZero could potentially receive the bag-based contract. The company would manufacture bags with a city seal on it, and residents would pay for each individual bag instead of receiving a bill for trash collection services. Some of the bag fees go to the company, while the rest goes to the municipality.
WasteZero does not yet have clients in the state of North Carolina, but does contract with around 800 cities that are out-of-state, as reported by WUNC. The PAYT system was implemented in Worcester, MA 20 years ago, and is an example of success, for both the town and WasteZero: Worcester has saved between $10 to $20 million dollars since it began using the bags.