Talking trash: Should a controversial waste proposal in South Windsor become CT’s new standard?

South Windsor is considering a different approach to trash policy called “pay as you throw.” Rather than charging a flat fee for residents regardless of how much garbage they throw out, the policy change would mean that people instead pay in advance for each bag. Yet, some residents are up in arms over the proposal.

However, experts say that these concerns are overblown. They contend that the fears of “pay as you throw” opponents have not occurred in other localities that have passed it. Mieum Media visited Stonington, a town on the southeastern shoreline, has had “pay as you throw” since the 1990s, to hear about the policy firsthand. 

Extended interview with Gregory Fielding can be found here:

Extended interview with John Phetteplace can be found here:

Extended interview with Kristin Brown can be found here:


#1: Marteka, Peter. “South Windsor Looking at Pay As You Throw Program for Trash Disposal.” Hartford Courant, 20 Dec. 2018, Accessed 23 Jan. 2019.

#2: Rhatigan, Chris. “South Windsor Considers “Pay-As-You-Throw” Trash Program.” Patch, 21 Dec. 2018, Accessed 23 Jan. 2019.

#3: Eastman, Katherine. “Mayor looks to clarify ‘pay-as-you-throw’ program.” Journal Inquirer, 7 Jan. 2019, Accessed 22 Jan. 2019.

#4: Fielding, Gregory. In-person interview. 13 Jan. 2019.

#5: Brown, Kristin. In-person interview. 17 Jan. 2019.

#6: Phetteplace, John. In-person interview. 17 Jan. 2019.

#7: Besthoff, Len. “Hey South Windsor folks check this.” South Windsor, CT Message Board, Facebook, 20 Dec. 2018, Accessed 23 Jan. 2019.

#8: Meyer, Robinson. “What’s the Plural of Emoji?” The Atlantic, 6 Jan. 2016, Accessed 23 Jan. 2019.

#9: Drelich, Kimberly. “Some Towns Embrace Pay-per-bag, Others Don’t.” The Day, 17 Jan. 2018, Accessed 23 Jan. 2019.

#10: Koerth-Baker, Maggie. “The Era Of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End.” FiveThirtyEight, 10 Jan. 2019, Accessed 23 Jan. 2019.

#11: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist.