SMART Trash Program

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Click map to see how much trash we threw out in 2013.

SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) Program Goals:

  • Reduce waste and increase reuse & recycling
  • Provide affordable solid waste services
  • Implement a more equitable system

SSC Trash Proposal to Town of Sharon:

  • Each household would receive a 35 gallon trash cart as a standard practice.
  • Weekly recycling pickup.
  • Overflow options will be available for purchase.

From MassDEP: Learn about the successes and documented savings that Massachusetts cities and towns have achieved by implementing PAYT/SMART programs.

Click here to see list of MA towns with existing PAYT/SMART Programs, May 2017.

Map of Massachusetts Municipalities with PAYT/SMART Programs, May 2017

Did you know?

  • In Sharon, all residents pay the same per household price for service, regardless of the amount of waste generated.
  • SMART communities like Milton and North Attleboro generate 40% less trash per household compared with Sharon.

A few facts about Sharon’s trash:

  • Residents generated 1,878 lbs. of trash per household in 2013.  That’s more than 36 lbs. of trash per week, every week.
  • Sharon’s trash is burned at an incinerator  in West Wareham, MA hence we are adding to air pollutants and climate change.  Ironically, the discarded trash from our homes is still filled with materials that can be recycled or composted.
  • For every ton of waste we create, we are really using 70 more tons  of upstream waste from mining, manufacturing, and distribution.  This is not sustainable.
  • As households, we pay high costs for our poor waste management: ~$70 for every ton of trash burned, along with collection costs.
  • We also pay high environmental costs since we are wasting non-renewable natural resources.

SMART Trash Resources:

For more information, contact Cheryl Schnitzer at 508-963-8712 or and/or Kathi Mirza at 781-­784-0671 or