The Town of Tonawanda's new bulk trash disposal contract with BFI will save the town $30,000 each year of the agreement. And the town's association with Northwest Solid Waste Management Board and its negotiation powers are being credited for brokering lower rates.
"Budgets are tight with everybody, it's good to be able to save," town Highway Superintendent Bradley A. Rowles said. "There will be no changes in services, but we are saving."
The contract was renewed for five years with lower tipping fees. The fee for the old contract was $41.50 per ton. The new contract charges $35 for the first three years and $36 for the last two. The town disposes 5,000 tons of nonburnable trash, such as drywall and other bulky items, annually.
Rowles said the town's membership with the Northwest Solid Waste Management Board was a major factor in negotiating the savings.
"Our town acted as lead agency for (the board) on this contract, and all of the member communities will be able to take advantage of this deal," he said. "This is just another example of how, when we work together, all communities benefit."
The board focuses on improving solid waste management in its member communities -- the City of Tonawanda, the towns of Amherst, Tonawanda and Grand Island and the villages of Kenmore and Williamsville.
Amherst Refuse Control Officer Leonard J. Fiegl, who is the chairman of the board, said the organization's efforts are effective in saving municipalities time and money. He said any municipalities can now bid into the new BFI contract with the lower rates.
Because of its association with the board, Rowles said last year the town signed a contract extension with American Ref-Fuel for its household waste, with a savings of more than $1.1 million through 2012. The town will save $169,000 this year, and recently received a $66,000 rebate check from the company.