Small Window of Opportunity to Make a HUUGE Environmental Impact in Belmont

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Incinerator similar to where Belmont’s trash is sent.

Pubic Meeting June 26, 2017, Belmont Town Hall, 6:00 pm

There are few local decisions that could match the environmental impact of metering trash using Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT). Belmont’s waste contract will go out to bid later this year, making this an important moment in moving forward with our Climate Action Plan. Conservative estimates from two independent sources show Belmont could reduce its trash by 25%, with the equivalent CO2* reduction of nearly 4000 metric tons yearly–the same as reducing the town’s home energy use by 4.5%! PAYT improves efficiency, saving the town 25% on its disposal and incineration costs. By making returning all bag fees to households, it would cost the average taxpayer nothing.

More information on how PAYT works, see presentation by Carolyn Dann from Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection: PAYT_Belmont 04-05-17

See the April SB presentation at Belmont Media: http://www.belmontmedia.org/watch/public-access-tv/public-access-variety

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