ACR+ has just released a new report: “Cross-analysis of “Pay as You Throw” schemes in selected EU municipalities”. This latest report looks at the application of Pay As You Throw (PAYT) in the European Union (EU) through several case studies in which seven municipalities from seven different countries are examined and compared for their strategies with regard to PAYT. This report aims to clarify the potential benefits and challenges when introducing PAYT, with a special focus on household waste.

Efforts to develop and enhance prevention, prepare for reuse and recycling have improved in the past decade, but still have not managed to stabilise or even reduce waste levels. Increased consumption and accompanying levels of waste have led to an interest in reinforcing policies and strategies addressing the top of the waste hierarchy. One such strategy for household waste is to apply the Polluter Pays Principle through the implementation of a variable fee structure, or PAYT. This policy targets household waste at its very source and makes households responsible for the quantity of waste discarded and thus creates an incentive for increased recycling, composting, and ideally a reduction in waste generation. Results show that PAYT has the potential to adapt well to local conditions, to encourage (residual) waste reductions, to increase considerable recycling and (home) composting and to be well-received by stakeholders. The report shows also that PAYT systems show great variety in detail, coverage, objectives, time horizons, targets, indicators, monitoring systems, measures, and policy instruments and results.

Read the report online (full report available only to ACR+ members).

As a follow-up of its PAYT report, ACR+ would like to help its member Utilitalia which is currently conducting an overview on the ways in which users pay for municipal waste management services in Europe. Thus, we kindly invite you to share with them your information regarding the financing of waste management in your country.

If you would like to participate in this survey, you can fill in the information form and sent it back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (putting in copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 30 June 2016. All data collected will be made available to the participants of the survey.

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