This pilot program is an opportunity for New Windsor residents to explore treating trash removal in the same way that residents currently pay for utilities; you pay for what you throw away. The implementation of this pilot, while controversial, provided the Town and the County with insights into how this type of program could work county-wide. I am in favor of the concept of a “pay-as-you-throw” program, as I believe it is an equitable means of trash removal in the same way as people pay for their electricity, cable television, or phone usage. One of the benefits overall was that the Town saw a decrease in solid waste trash while seeing an increase in recyclables. This is a positive impact because it reduces the amount of material going into the land fill, which is environmentally friendly and responsible.