The Westchester waste-to-energy facility in Peekskill, NY marked its 25th anniversary in operation this week. The Journal News asserts that there is nothing glamorous about the trash-to-energy plant, but its construction did solve one of the most monumental problems in county history - how to dispose of hundreds of thousands of tons of household and commercial garbage in a safe, environmental way. The facility was opened on Oct. 21, 1984, at Charles Point in Peekskill under a contract by Wheelabrator. The steam produced in the burning process generates enough electricity daily to cover the needs of some 40,000 residents served by Con Edison. This article provides an excellent case study on how a community decided that waste-to-energy was the best way to manage their trash.