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The formation of a new intermunicipal entity to plan the proposed recycling processing facility in Depew has been delayed until July 17 because member towns and villages must pass resolutions of membership.

The first meeting of the new Northern Recycling Council was to be held Thursday in conjunction with a Northeast Solid Waste Management Board meeting in Lancaster Town Hall.

The new council cannot begin until the agreement creating it is has been approved by member town and village boards, which have been given until July 17 to do so,

Six of the 14 Northeast Board member municipalities have said they will not participate or they are undecided on the project.

Since not all Northeast Board communities will participate, the new council must be created to carry the project, according to John R. Finster, Erie County's solid-waste management coordinator.

Once the council is formed, it is expected to invite other municipalities in the Northwest and South Towns waste management boards to participate.

A warehouse at 3327 Walden Ave., Depew, has been acquired for a facility to receive newspapers and cardboard and glass, metal and plastic containers to be packaged for shipment to recycling plants.

The cost of acquisition and equipping the site is estimated at $4 million.

Time lost in organizing the new council may delay the start of the recycling station, Finster said.

He said he hopes it will begin operation by the summer of 1991, but this is contingent on obtaining a state permit and other considerations.

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