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October 25, 2012


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Seven Niagara County towns and cities are adopting or considering adopting an every-other-week residential recycling program.

The towns of Porter and Somerset will be receiving orders for 64-gallon recycling carts in mid-November. 

The Town of Pendleton is on the verge of placing a cart order now, and the Town of Royalton will unseal bids for carts next month. The goal in both towns is to roll out a new recycling program by early January, their supervisors said this week.

Also looking in on every-other-week recycling collection presently are Town of Newfane and the cities of North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls.

The towns of Wheatfield and Wilson made the switch this past spring. The Village of Wilson followed suit in late summer.

A key aspect of the City of Lockport’s pioneering variable cart refuse collection program — assignment of large recycling totes to households that are picked up less often, to cut overall collection costs — has “caught on like wildfire” in the region, says program architect Dawn Timm, Niagara County environmental coordinator.

“As people see the success that the City of Lockport has had with cutting costs ... they’re pretty receptive to change,” she said. “Saving money is the surest way to get people to go green.”

Homeowners in the Somerset refuse district will see a $53.13 reduction in their 2013 refuse unit charge, to $111.87 from $165 this year, thanks to the every-other-week recycling deal that’s going into effect next month.

After modification of its existing contract with Modern Corporation, Somerset residents will still have weekly refuse pickup, and no limits on how much they can throw out. But the more they recycle, the less they’ll pay for refuse service in the long run, Town Supervisor Dan Engert said. 

Modern charges the town for pickup service based partly on how many tons of refuse it has landfilled. The “tipping fee” remains in the modified contract, but Modern also will give the town a quarterly cash “rebate” based on tons of recyclables it picks up to process at its new, state-of-the-art Buffalo sorting facility.

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