N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
Local Government Assistance

Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) and Recycling Mandates

Pay-As-You Throw

The Pay-As-You-Throw or variable rate pricing program charges citizens for waste disposal services based on their individual household's waste generation. The PAYT system is different from pricing programs that charge a flat rate for services regardless of individual waste generation. Under the PAYT system, citizens are able to realize the true costs associated with waste disposal and actively control their personal costs through waste reduction and recycling activities. The PAYT program helps to reduce waste, increase recycling and provide a more equitable waste disposal-pricing program for residents. 

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Recycling Mandates 

In order to increase recycling totals, some local governments have implemented ordinances that require residents and/or businesses in a community to recycle or separate specific products from the waste stream.

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