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The Cattaraugus County Legislature's Public Works Committee will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the County Center on the county's solid waste disposal plan.

Copies of the Generic Environmental Impact Statement are available at the Department of Public Works offices at 214 Main St. and at public libraries in Olean, Salamanca, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Ellicottville, Little Valley, Machias, Portville and St. Bonaventure University in Allegany.

The purpose of the meeting, according to Anthony Capito, the county's solid waste analyst, is to "gather information and form a decision-making record to be used in planning level determinations.

It is also a requirement of the State Environmental Quality Review process.

A 20-year, solid-waste management plan is being prepared for the county by Resource Associates of Cortland and Recourse Systems of Concord, Mass.

Effective Jan. 1 county residents will have to adjust to mandatory recycling.

Items such as newspapers, glass, tin cans, plastic, batteries and motor oil will have to be separated from household and municipal solid wastes.

Composting sites for yard wastes have been set up at a closed county landfill in Mansfield.

The county faces a state mandate to reduce its solid waste output by 50 percent by 1993.

While there will be no fees for the disposal of recyclable items, residents will have to pay $1 per 30-gallon bag for other garbage.

Those who rely on curbside collection will find that private garbage haulers will be increasing their rates to meet the increased tipping fees at county transfer stations.

Written comments on the impact statement can be submitted to the county until Dec. 17.

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