The first trash pick-up occurred Nov. 6, and the pilot is scheduled to last 34 weeks, with the last trash pick-up occurring June 24, 2019.
While the pilot program — named the Fair Trash Reduction pilot program, or FuTuRe — was eventually put into place, it came after months of discussion and disagreement between the two entities, and between New Windsor leaders and the town. The main goal is to reduce the material being sent to the landfill in Carroll, said Dusty Hilbert, chief of the county’s bureau of solid waste.
A number of council meetings were filled with residents angry about the pilot and concerned about its cost impact on them, because special bags have to be used. There are two sizes of bags available for New Windsor residents to buy. The small bags, which are 15 gallons, cost 65 cents each and the large bags, which are 33 gallons, cost $1.20 each. Both the small and large bags can also be bought in sleeves of five. Small bag sleeve costs $3.25 and large bag sleeve costs $6.
In September, it was decided that the county and WasteZero would receive the profits from the bags and waive the town’s tipping fee for trash throughout the duration of the pilot program. WasteZero partners with more than 800 towns, cities, counties, state agencies and private organizations to help them reduce waste and increase recycling, according to its website.