FuTuRe (Fair Trash Reduction) Pilot Program Update
Westminster, MD, Thursday, April 11, 2019 –Today, during open session, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners (BOC) viewed a presentation with updates on the Fair Trash Reduction Program (FuTuRe) pilot program currently ongoing in New Windsor. Director of Public Works Jeffrey Castonguay and staff discussed the results from the first five months of the program.
Results to date are very positive. Recycling has nearly doubled from 19% to 36%, waste production decreased 41.5% and overall waste generation (trash and recycling) is down by 26%. Less generation means lower hauling costs, less handling and less exposure to landfill tip increases. Less waste also means an extension of life for the county landfill.
The FuTuRe pilot program, similar to “Pay as You Throw”, is a solid waste and variable rate or volume-based service that involves metering waste disposal so citizens pay for only the volume of waste used. The FuTuRe pilot program is not intended to be a revenue generator, but rather a tool to measure how the program impacts waste diversion by reducing waste, more efficiently dealing with waste, extending the life of the county landfill and potentially saving constituents money.
Although the pilot program, partnered by the county and the town, is scheduled to end on July 1, 2019, New Windsor shows interest in continuing the program within the town. The BOC voted unanimously to discontinue the tipping fee discount for the Town of New Windsor at the conclusion of the FuTuRe pilot program. The commissioners directed staff to continue to support New Windsor in their program as well as promoting the program’s success and benefits to other municipalities in the future.
The presentation and discussion are available for public viewing and today’s Open Session is available for viewing on the county meeting portal and YouTube channel. In addition, all meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.