Town of New Windsor, MD
On Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, the Town of New Windsor, MD transitioned it’s residential trash collection program to FuTuRe – Fair Trash Reduction, as part of a pilot program with Carroll County. With this program, residential trash is only accepted when residents place it in official New Windsor FuTuRe bags. While Carroll County has consistently done a good job managing its waste costs, the cost of waste disposal is rising rapidly throughout the country. FuTuRe’s bag-based approach has been shown to be the most effective way to reduce waste, increase recycling, and make a positive financial impact in thousands of other communities. Remember, by recycling more you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags. The new FuTuRe program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!
Carroll County Times Editorial: Other municipalities should consider pay-as-you-throw program
April 11th 9:30am Carroll County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Where Do I Buy the Bags?
The new Town of New Windsor’s FuTuRe orange trash bags are conveniently available in a variety of stores throughout the area. They will be available in 2 sizes and are priced as follows:
- Package of 5 small bags (15-gallon) cost $3.25.
- Package of 5 large bags (33-gallon) cost $6.
You may purchase them at the following locations:
|Store Name||Street Address||Town||Phone Number
|7-Eleven||2899 New Windsor Rd||New Windsor||(410) 635-6889
|Food Lion||511 E. Baltimore St||Taneytown||(410) 756-1443
|Food Lion||140 Englar Rd||Westminster||(410) 386-0322
|Kennie's Market||11 Grand Rd||Taneytown||(410) 756-2775
|Safeway||444 WMC Dr||Westminster||(410) 871-1200
|Weis Market||630 Baltimore Rd||Westminster||(410) 848-2717
How the Program Works
All regular household trash must be bagged in the authorized trash bags before being placed curbside on collection day. Items not in designated bags will NOT be accepted. No exceptions will be made. Always separate your recyclables. There is no fee to recycle. The following materials should NOT be placed in the orange FuTuRe trash bags and separate collections must be arranged:
|Material||How to Dispose
|Asphalt, brick, and concrete (ABC), Construction/demolition debris (C&D)||Please contact a private hauler
|Electronic Equipment (e-waste)||Accepted year-round to the Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster MD
|Fluorescent Light bulbs||Carroll County's Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events
|Household Hazardous materials/waste (cleaners, fuels, solvents, pesticides)||Carroll County's Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events
|Long-lasting lithium batteries, rechargeable batteries||Carroll County's Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events
|Metal or empty propane tanks||
|Motor oil||Accepted year-round to the Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster MD
|Recyclables (bottles, cans, paper, cardboard)||Use proper recycling bin
|Vehicle Batteries||Accepted year-round to the Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster MD
|Yard Waste||Please see Town Website for collection information
Bulk Trash is the last Saturday of April and October, Bulk trash is for large items that cannot go with regular trash, with the exceptions of paint cans, concrete, tires and building materials. Bulk trash must be brought to the Public Works facility located on Geer Lane. Identifications will be required to show that you live within corporate limits.
What Can I Recycle?
Recycling is Easy with Single Stream. The Town of New Windsor collects Single Stream Recycling. That means you can put all your recyclables in one bin. Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save!
Know what you can and can’t recycle.
Please don’t put anything that is not on our “acceptable curbside recycling list” in your bin. This contaminates our collection and can be a cause for our contracted recycler to reject our collection. Additional items may be recycled but must be taken to a separate collection at Carroll County’s Resource Recovery Park to be handled by another contracted recycler.
|Plastic Bottles, Tubs, and Containers (empty containers with lids and caps ON, rinsed when possible, 5 gallons or less)||Glass bottles and jars (empty containers with caps OFF)|
Metal cans and Aluminum (empty containers, rinsed when possible, bunch up clean foil)
|Paper and Cardboard
- Plastic Soda, Water & Drink Bottles
- Plastic Food & Household Bottles/Jars
(screw top bottles and jars, ex. ketchup, mayonnaise, detergent, shampoo)
- Plastic Tubs & Lids
(ex. yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese)
- Plastic Produce, Deli & Bakery Containers, Cups, Trays
(take-out containers, berries/produce containers)
- All glass colors
- Steel, tin, and aluminum cans
- Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil (please bunch)
- Magazines & Catalogs
- All newspapers & inserts
- Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.) & paper bags
- Cardboard – please flatten
- Pizza boxes – remove food and greasy sections
- Soft cover books
- Office paper, Junk mail (Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK)
- Paper Bags
- Phone books
- Gift wrap
- Milk and juice cartons, juice boxes, soy milk cartons (place lids back on)
Please do not include:
- No plastic bags or plastic utensils
- No Styrofoam
- No #6 Clamshell Containers
- No Food Waste
- No Motor Oil Containers
- No Household Hazardous Waste
- No bulky plastics or toys
- No windows or mirrors
- No light bulbs
- No dishes, ceramics, or Pyrex
- No chains, wires or hangers
- No Electronics
- No Batteries
- No recyclables with food waste
- No napkins, paper towels, or tissues
- No shredded paper
- No foam padding
(click on image to make it larger) For additional information on disposal options for items such as batteries, e-waste, textiles, Styrofoam, appliances, and other items, please visit the Carroll County’s webpage. Recycling will reduce your cost, since there is no additional fee to recycle allowed items. The more you recycle, the less trash you have to put into the FuTuRe bags and the more money you’ll save! Please note: You should never use the orange bags for recyclables.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there a limit to the amount of materials I can recycle?
No. The Town of New Windsor and Carroll County encourage residents to recycle as much as they can. The more you recycle, the fewer bags you will need to purchase. If you need a recycling bin, please contact New Windsor Town Hall.
- How does this program work?
New Windsor residents will purchase official New Windsor FuTuRe trash bags for curbside trash pick up. The bags will be available for purchase at local retailers. To thank the residents of New Windsor for participating in this pilot program, each household will receive a $35 gift card to redeem at 7-Eleven.
- How is this program good for the people of New Windsor?
The Fair Trash Reduction (FuTuRe) Program represents a more equitable and fiscally responsible way to reduce trash volumes and pay for waste disposal. By giving residents an economic incentive to manage their trash differently, the program offers a proven way to extend the Northern Landfill’s useful life. This program will ensure that the landfill continues to be available for Carroll County’s current residents, as well as future generations.
Proactively switching to FuTuRe will give Carroll County the option to cost effectively double Northern landfill’s capacity for waste disposal.
The national cost of waste disposal is rising 2x faster than inflation and Carroll County can expect significant cost increases if it does not reduce its waste disposal volumes
FuTuRe will save Carroll County residents money—an estimated $20 million over 10 years
FuTuRe is a fairer way to pay for trash and gives residents direct control over their monthly trash disposal costs.
As part of the pilot program for Carroll County, New Windsor residents will be asked to share their feedback and comments. To thank the residents for participating in the FuTuRe pilot program, each household will receive a $35 gift card to 7-Eleven.
- Why do these bags cost more than the bags I'm currently using?
The official New Windsor FuTuRe trash bags cover the cost of the disposal of the waste.
- What about large families?
If large families buy more than smaller families, they will have more to throw away and will have to buy more trash bags. This program gives them a chance and an incentive to lower their costs by recycling everything they can.
- What is FuTuRe?
“FuTuRe" stands for Fair Trash Reduction. The FuTuRe Program is one in which residents pay a user fee for the amount of trash disposed—much like the way we use and pay for electricity, water, or gas. New Windsor's FuTuRe program is based on a pay-per-bag basis.
Recent studies point to the benefits of PAYT programs:
Sorry We Missed You...
On October 24th and 25th, outreach teams went door to door from 12pm to 6pm to hand out informational brochures to all residential addresses that receive Town trash service, one free trash bag, along with a $35 gift card to 7-Eleven. You can use this gift card to buy bags, or for whatever you like! It’s a thank you from the Town of New Windsor and Carroll County for participating in this pilot program.
If you are not at home when the outreach team stops by, you will still be able to receive your gift card and bag. Starting on Friday, October 26th, please stop in to New Windsor Town Hall from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Town Hall will also be open on Saturday, October 27th from 9am to 3pm and will have extended hours 10/30 and 10/31 until 6pm. If you are unable to make it to Town Hall during open hours, please call (443) 671-1266 and leave a message with your address and phone number so that we can make alternate arrangements.