MORGANTOWN \u2014 The Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority will hold a summit in conjunction with an environmental consulting firm on Oct. 16 at the WVU Extension Office in Westover.\r\nEvan Fedorko, of the firm Downstream Strategies, aims to unite representatives from\u00a0the county, municipalities and West Virginia University to discuss how trash and recycling is being handled.\r\n\r\nSWA member Eldon Callen said there\u2019s a \u201ctotal disconnect in this county\u201d when it comes to the difficulties presented locally by waste collection.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey don\u2019t see us here as part of a solution that could help everyone resolve some of these issues if they\u2019d work with us instead of at odds with us,\u201d Callen said. \u201cI think we need\r\nto define that at as a goal of that meeting.\u201d\r\n\r\nFedorko called the summit an opportunity to identify ways the entities can work together.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think we want to get people in a room to understand that you guys are tackling these issues head-on,\u201d Fedorko said. \u201cThe big issue being that the solid waste infrastructure in the county is reaching capacity.\u201d\r\n\r\nSWA and Downstream Strategies plan to present findings from a two-year study on a family of technologies known as gasification, a process that breaks down a feedstock, like municipal solid waste, to produce synthetic natural gas that can be used in the same manner as natural gas.\r\n\r\nThe SWA also heard from Monongalia County Commission candidate And-rew Price regarding a \u201cpay-as-you-throw\u201d option for trash and recycling.\r\n\r\nPrice presented information from Logan County, Ohio, which initiated such a program in 2007 using 14 drop-off locations.\r\n\r\nThe sites feature marked roll-off recycling containers. Area businesses and on-site vending machines sell specific trash bags ($2 each) that allow\u00a0 household trash to be deposited in the appropriate dumpster.\r\n\r\nThe sale of the pay-as-you-throw trash bags, combined with the sales of recyclable materials, are meant to offset the program\u2019s cost. This system could help rural areas and large multi-family units and without access to curbside waste and recycling collection.\r\n\r\nPrice said not only have the residents of Logan County reported savings on trash and recycling, but the county saw a dramatic increase in the amount of residential and commercial material being diverted from the waste stream.\r\n\r\nThe board, which opted to continue researching the pay-as-you-go option, suggested inviting representatives of Logan County for a formal presentation.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think we need to continue looking at this,\u201d SWA chairman Hayward Helmick said. \u201cI think it has a lot of potential.\u201d\r\n\r\nAlso Tuesday, the SWA passed its 2018-\u201919 fiscal year budget, totaling $45,500.