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February 1, 2013

Refuse savings borne out


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The city cut recycling revenue-sharing deals with Modern and Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery, the company that takes residents’ electronic waste. In 2012, the refuse fund took in $17,400 from those deals.

The lion’s share, $10,000 from Modern, was already applied to offset households’ annual user fees, which are locked in through 2014, according to City Clerk Richelle Pasceri.

The refuse fund also took in $4,700 from the sale of “excess” trash tags. When households have more garbage than they can fit in their refuse carts, or more than one bulk item to dispose of per month, they purchase $2 bag tags or $10 bulk item tags.

The city exceeded projected first-year savings from privatizing refuse collection by $44,000, Pasceri noted. The savings is not theoretical, she added, it’s a real sum that’s not being raised from property taxes.

“Variable-cart did everything we hoped it would: It got refuse costs off taxpayers’ backs, encouraged recycling, reduced landfilling ... ,” she said. “The proof is in the pudding.”

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