Some changes could come to the way the Town of Windham collects trash which may, in turn, change the way Windham residents bag it.

According to the Windam Eagle, Windham's waste removal contract with Casella Waste is up for renewal in June of 2023. Casella is looking to change the way it collects trash by using trucks that automatically dump trash into them with a lift system shown in this Facebook post from Casella Waste Systems.

According to a report from Windham’s Assistant Town Manager, Casella is not interested in renewing the contract without switching to the new system of collection. The benefit to Casella is to help them deal with labor shortages that have driven up their operating costs. As a Windham resident, I've seen since the pandemic that trash collection has been affected as many businesses have. Trash collection always happens on the scheduled day, but the time of day has varied much more than it used it.

The big change with a switch to an automated collection system is that the blue bags used in Windham's "Pay As You Throw" system would go away. That's where you purchase special blue bags and the revenue from those purchases goes toward the cost of trash collection for the town rather than it being a part of your annual property tax.

Jeff Parsons
Jeff Parsons

Personally, I love the blue bag system. I'd much rather pay only for the trash I dispose of than a flat fee in taxes.

Town Councilors will be discussing the issue over the next month, in hopes of coming up with a plan of action by April.

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