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Residents can seek recycling rewards
Town sighs up for incentives

An online recycling incentive program is under way in the town, Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said at Monday's Town Board session.

Lockport has signed up with a program by its refuse hauler, Waste Management, to offer coupons from assorted businesses to residents who sign up on the Internet for the Think Green Rewards program.

The town recycled the lowest percentage of its garbage by weight of any municipality in Niagara County whose residents have recycling bins, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation figures for 2009. The City of Lockport recycled less, but it does not offer curbside recycling service.

According to Waste Management's website, any resident who signs up for the program receives 50 points. The prizes start at 100 points. The points are accumulated at a rate of three points per pound of recyclables on a daily garbage route, divided equally among those who signed up for the incentives. The company will not keep track of how much any individual resident recycles.

"It'll be interesting to see how we do," Antkowiak said.

The Web address is www.ThinkGreenLockport.wm.com.

On another topic, the board awarded a contract to J.R. Swanson Plumbing of Niagara Falls to provide manpower and equipment when needed this year to repair water and sewer main breaks.

"I thought this would go well with our leak detection program," Councilman Paul W. Siejak said. "Our town crew is working very diligently, but there are some times they can't repair everything that's out there."

Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said Swanson's bid was based on hourly costs for manning various types of heavy equipment. It totaled $139,999, but the town doesn't have to spend all the money. "This is on an as-needed basis," he said.

Siejak said in 2010, the town repaired 67 water main leaks, 20 of which were discovered through the leak-detection effort. He said the leakiest area seems to be south of the City of Lockport and east of South Transit Road.

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