PAY-AS-YOU-THROW Workshops with Dr. Lisa Skumatz

More diversion “bang” for your municipality’s “buck”!


Download the workshop slides here

This workshop was offered in two locations:

Edmonton – November 15, 2017 (1:00 pm – 4:30 pm)
Edmonton Waste Management Centre

Calgary – November 16, 2017 (1:00 pm – 4:30 pm)
Bow River Boardroom #2, City of Calgary Water Centre

Pay-As-You-Throw Workshop (PAYT)

Interested in learning how to make your recycling programs more cost effective while also increasing diversion? Have Councillors asked about ‘charging residents based on the amount of garbage they set out?’ Does your municipality have aspirational diversion targets? If so, this workshop is for you! Join the Recycling Council of Alberta for an afternoon workshop with the international Pay-As-You-Throw expert, Dr. Lisa Skumatz, with Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc.

Dr. Skumatz is based out of Colorado, USA and specializes in economic, policy and evaluation analysis for solid waste clients. She specializes in developing effective programs and strategies for her clients and improves program performance and cost-effectiveness. Lisa has specifically worked with a wide range of municipalities in North America and the UK to tailor design PAYT options best suited to their situation.

Attend this workshop to learn more about cost effective diversion programs, PAYT, user fees, and variable rates, and how these programs can encourage recycling, source reduction and recycling in your municipality. More diversion “bang” for your municipality’s “buck”!

Workshop participants can claim  Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits in SWANA’s certification program. Download the CEU form here and get it signed at the workshop.


Presenter Biography

Lisa Skumatz photoDr. Lisa Skumatz, Principal / President SERA: Lisa is an economist with more than 30 years of experience in solid waste policy and program design, evaluation, and modeling. Lisa is widely known for her expertise in “best practices” and quantities policy, program, and funding work, designed to identify effective and cost-effective sustainability initiatives at the local, regional, national, and international level. Lisa is the recognized national leader in Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT), and has conducted extensive work in metrics, and in rates and funding. She works with clients to develop practical, tailored PAYT options suited to their situation. These assignments include feasibility, design, implementation, and rates work for communities. For state and national agencies, she has conducted workshops, developed toolkits, websites, white papers, sample ordinances and legislation, frequently-asked-questions, rate models, and other research to assist communities in implementing PAYT. She has also provided testimony for state legislatures and others on PAYT. Her work demonstrating that PAYT and curbside recycling are more cost-effective and quicker than leading energy efficiency strategies to deliver GHG reductions (with similar job-creation effects) has changed the role of solid waste strategies in sustainability plans for communities across the US.

Her contributions to the field include regression based quantitative analysis of the incremental tonnage and cost impacts of programs; innovative measurement of source reduction programs; cutting-edge metrics development, and measurement of outreach/social marketing campaigns. Her work experience includes multiple Comprehensive Master Plans and Zero Waste Plans for cities, counties and States, and major program planning work for new city/county initiatives in residential and commercial recycling and organics and PAYT. Lisa has published more than 150 well-cited papers and articles in solid waste, and has won two national “Lifetime Achievement” awards for her innovative work in solid waste (from SWANA and NRC).