This recent article was in New Hampshire Town and City , a publication of the NH Municipal Association about "pay as you throw." This is somewhat timely as a committee in Moultonboro is looking at single stream recycling, which will hopefully increase recyclables.
The article talks of nearly $200 billion in avoidable cost for recyclable waste in the United States annually. The idea is to get people to recycle more and charging for what you dispose of is way to incentivize that behavior.
According to the article, the most effective way to reduce solid waste is a bag-based Pay as You Throw, which is used by the majority of pay-as-you-throw communities in New Hampshire. You pay a dollar or two per special bag which would replace the traditional cost of collection and disposal. In that way you only pay for what you actually use.
The bottom line according to the article is that it is a proven way to reduce trash volumes ( on average about 44%) and reduce taxes. Of particular interest is that this is something each individual taxpayer can do to reduce cost.
We have not had this conversation here in Moultonboro as we first look at the viability of single stream recycling, but perhaps it is an idea whose time may yet come to our transfer station.