Why does Erie have a Pay-As-You-Throw system?

Since the 1920s, communities that have implemented a Pay as You Throw (PAYT) system have realized benefits of fair and equitable fees for service, increased recycling and composting, and less trash being buried in the landfill. PAYT charges for only what you throw out and provides financial incentives to compost and recycle more, creating less landfilled trash. The EPA recognizes the PAYT model as encompassing environmental stability, equity, and economic stability. As of 2018, more than 7,000 cities and towns across America operate under a PAYT model; many examples can be found in local municipalities such as Loveland who have had PAYT since the 1990s.

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1. Why would Erie want to organize a single hauler system?
2. Why does Erie have a Pay-As-You-Throw system?
3. How do the fees for this program work?
4. How much will this new service cost?
5. How will I be billed for service?
6. I am in a Homeowner’s Association, is my house included in the program?
7. I am in a homeowners association or a multi-family complex, and not enrolled in the Town’s waste program. How does this affect me?
8. Can I still contract with another company for service?
9. What day will my trash be picked up?
10. Can I discontinue service if I am moving or my home is vacant?
11. What is accepted in my recycling cart?
12. What is accepted in my composting cart?
13. Who should I contact to inquire about the Pay-As-You-Throw Single Hauler Plan?