Staten Islanders who can't be bothered to dispose of their trash before entering or after exiting their cars can now get rid of it from the comfort of their vehicles. That is, if they happen to be driving past the corner of North Gannon and Bradley avenues, where on Saturday the city installed a pilot version of a new trash can with a special accessory designed to help drivers who insist on throwing garbage out the window get it into an appropriate receptacle.

The device, which is effectively a large mesh backboard, was designed by Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido, in conjunction with the Office of Councilman Matteo and the community group Where To Turn.

LoBaido, who is best known for his giant murals of American flags—and, more recently, for installing a 12-foot-tall sculpture of a T (for Trump) on his neighbor's lawn that was subsequently torched by vandals—said that Councilman Steven Matteo and Where-to-Turn Executive Director Dennis McKeon approached him with the idea of the trash backboard, which he set out to create.

After working out a few quirks—early versions made it too difficult to remove or replace the garbage bags—he delivered it to Matteo and McKeon. He told me he hadn't previously thought of a name for it, but during the course of our conversation decided he would call it the Oscar, after the beloved garbage-eating Sesame Street character.

McKeon, who oversees a "Clean Team" that does neighborhood cleanups, said the North Gannon and Bradley intersection was chosen because it's right around the corner from a service road to the Staten Island Expressway that has become a popular place for garbage-chuckers to empty their cars.

"That was one of the worst areas," he said. "We'd have to go back there like every other week and there'd be like three or four bags of garbage."

I've seen people throw garbage out the window on the highway before, but it's never struck me as a big New York City problem. But I haven't spent much time on Staten Island, so I was curious if this was a local phenomenon. In search of an Islander perspective, I spoke to John Maceda, 31, who was born and raised in West Brighton.

He said he'd never engaged in the behavior, but he wasn't shocked, either. "That sounds like a VERY Staten Island thing to do, throw shit out of your car," he texted Gothamist.

I told LoBaido I hadn't encountered garbage hurlers around the city (maybe it had something to do with car culture?) and mentioned what Maceda had said. He wasn't convinced it was a local phenomenon. "It's around. You see it everywhere," he said.

But why? "You get a lot of assholes."

I was also curious to get a local perspective on the Oscar itself. John Maceda's sisters, Caroline and Samantha, hadn't yet encountered the device, so Gothamist showed them a photograph.

Caroline, 24, was intrigued. "Just by looking at it, I wouldn't know that's the purpose of the new design," she said. "But now knowing that, I think it's useful. I only throw my car garbage out at the Dunkin drive-thru, so that's actually pretty functional for me."

But her sister Samantha, 27, was skeptical that the trash-backboard would ameliorate the garbage situation. "People are going to miss the basket and keep driving, creating an even bigger mess," she said.

Indeed, what struck me as a potentially tragic flaw of the Oscar is that would serve as a sort of dare to Staten Islanders looking to show off their jump shots.

My friend Taj Finger, who was on the Stanford basketball team and played professionally for five years overseas, echoed this concern. "People love pretending to shoot or throw garbage into trash cans," he said. "I just think they will miss."

LoBaido said he's heard this criticism, but he sees the gamification of garbage disposal as a feature, not a bug.

"We want people to take that challenge. Say, ‘Hey, this is my jump-shot from the passenger side or driver's side window,'" he said.

Even if they miss, he said, that would be an improvement on the current situation, where people are just indiscriminately flinging trash all along the service road. At least the garbage would be concentrated around the can.

Councilman Matteo took a more hard-line approach. Currently, he said, the Oscar seems to be working. His office, Where To Turn and the Sanitation Department are monitoring the project and both he and McKeon agreed that there's been less trash along the service road since it launched.

But if that changes, the Oscar will be removed after a two-week trial period. "If people think they have a good jump shot and turns out that they don't, it's not going to be a successful program," he said. "It has to improve conditions in the area."

LoBaido does have a practical solution to bad aim. If people are using the thing but missing, buy a kiddie pool, paint it green and stick it underneath the garbage can to reel in all the airballs.

But just because he invented the Oscar doesn't mean LoBaido has sympathy for litter scofflaws. (He claimed he "almost got shot" on one occasion after berating a fellow driver for throwing a takeout container out the window).

"There's no fucking excuse for throwing your garbage out the window of your car," he said. "Unless it's in a garbage pail."