Pay-As-You-Throw systems tend to be very flexible. It is the reason why many communities have successfully implemented PAYT in various different ways. The most common PAYT systems are the ones relying on bins, bags, tags/stickers or hybrid programmes. Other programmes rely on weighing. A short description of every system follows below.
Bins. Customers select an appropriate size or number of containers for their weekly disposal. Residents who dispose of more than their weekly allotted amount are charged more.
Bags. Customers buy bags imprinted with logos ahead of time (e.g. marked for green waste, recyclables or regular waste). The price of the bag includes collection, transport and disposal. Subsequently, the more bags one fills, the more he/she pays for the service.
Stickers/Tags. This is identical to bag programs except customers buy stickers or tags to affix to the appropriate waste. The only difference is that customers can use any type of bag they wish, instead of a pre-determined and attach the tag/sticker on the bag.
Hybrid programmes: This method combines the current collection system with a new incentive-based system. Instead of unlimited collection for one monthly fee, customers have a limited volume of service. If more waste is produced then the customer must pay an excess amount according to the extra quantity.
Weighing based programmes. A modified scale on trucks weighs garbage containers, and customers are charged for their actual kilos of garbage disposed. A computer installed on the truck records the weight for every household.
Variations. Some communities or haulers offer PAYT along with their standard unlimited system, using waste drop-off programs, punch cards or other customer tracking systems.
Some systems are more appropriate than others, depending largely on local conditions. Big communities, suburban and urban areas tend to implement bin programmes. Smaller communities and rural areas usually prefer programmes with tags/stickers.