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Voluntary separation of recyclable refuse becomes part the Town of Lancaster's new trash-collection program beginning Thursday.

The new town refuse district has contracted with CID Refuse Inc. of Chaffee to collect refuse throughout the town except in the Lancaster portion of the Village of Depew. It will be the first municipally financed trash collection for residents outside the village, who previously have arranged for collection on their own.

CID will assume collection in the Village of Lancaster, which had been provided under a village contract with another disposal company.

Schedules and rules the new service have been mailed to all residents, and are available at Town Hall.

Harry Dutuson, CID general manager, said planning for the new service has been extensive among CID, town officials, and an advisory committee of town and village representatives.

Collection days will change for most town residents outside of the village. However, in the village, collection days will remain the same, except for the southeast corner of the village south of Como Lake and east of Lake Avenue, where collections will be made Wednesdays.

Small amounts of yard wastes, no more than two bags of leaves or cut grass, may be placed for weekly collection, but larger amounts will be collected only in special collections by the town Highway Department, for the area outside the village, and the village Public Works Department.

CID will make monthly collections of larger household items including furniture and appliances.

The new service will begin with voluntary separation of recyclable trash, which should be placed at the curb, separate but near non-recyclable trash. Newspapers, but not plastic bags, magazines or telephone books, should be tied in a bundle or placed in brown paper bags. Clear glass should be placed in a reusable container.

State regulations will make separate collection of recyclable materials mandatory by 1992.

"People are going to have to realize that there are going to be more restrictions," the result of state mandates to eliminate hazardous dumps, Supervisor Stanley Jay Keysa said.

Motor oil must be disposed of at service stations and household chemicals can be disposed of only at special collection points.

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