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The Pendleton Town Board Tuesday was advised against trying to begin its own recycling program rather than cooperating with the Niagara County Consortium.

"The one thing I would be leery of is trying to go it alone," Rodger L. Schlaf, a solid waste management specialist from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, told the board.

"There are only so many markets for recyclables and at some point you are losing profitability," he added. "A small operation may not be able to get best market deals and would be competing against much larger groups."

Supervisor Spencer E. Bush earlier had discussed pulling out of the consortium and beginning a local recycling effort.

Nicholas J. Pinto of R & D Engineering estimated costs for a high-technology recycling facility would be more than $9 million and a middle-level facility would cost $4 million.

A do-it yourself low technology operation that included workers who would hand-sort garbage was the most likely option for Pendleton, Pinto said.

Bush questioned whether the $60-a-year cost per home for adding a recycling package to regular garbage pickup was realistic.

"Recycling may not make you money, but it may save you disposal costs," Pinto responded.

Schlaf agreed, adding that there are usually cost reductions or credits when you decrease the amount of garbage taken to a landfill.

Bush said he would like to see the Niagara Consortium develop its own recycling facility rather than seeking bids.

Tuesday's session was informational and the board took no action.

In another, matter the board held a public hearing on the request for a business permit variance in a residential area for Richard Lindenmuth who operates R.L. Services, a pool installation service on Bear Ridge Road.

Building Inspector Walter Belling said he didn't see any reason to deny the permit since Lindenmuth has met all the conditions of the town ordinance. The board is scheduled to act on the permit at its next meeting.

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