The City of Lockport will lose out if it ends its contract with the Niagara Solid Waste Management Board's consortium recycling program, according to the board's chairman.
Floyd D. Snyder, who also is supervisor of the Town of Lockport, made the remarks in response to Lockport Mayor Thomas C. Rotondo Jr., who has urged the Common Council to break with the consortium, claiming the city is "not getting any service" despite contributing $18,000.
Rotondo also contends the success achieved so far in city recycling programs is the result of city efforts and not the consortium's.
The Lockport mayor is expected to again urge that the contract be canceled when the Council meets Wednesday.
In addition to the city, the consortium now includes the Village of Middleport and nine of the county's 12 towns: Cambria, Hartland, Lockport, Newfane, Pendleton, Porter, Royalton, Somerset and Wilson.
Both Snyder and Warren P. "Clip" Smith, promotions consultant for the consortium, take issue with Rotondo.
"Successful publicity generated by the consortium's program, now with 14 recycling centers in operation throughout the county, is the reason the city's program is now working so well," Smith said.
Rotondo, however, pointed to the near completion of the city's $5 million composting plant and waste-collection programs as evidence the city is "going it alone" satisfactorily.
But Snyder countered that city officials have learned it will cost an additional $250,000 to buy the necessary materials to make the composting plant function well.
We (consortium members) could help them by providing such materials," Snyder said. "If we all work together, we could keep all of our costs down."
He said that was one reasons former Lockport Public Works Commissioner David R. Haley, an early advocate of the composting operation, urged the city's participation.
But should the city go its own way, Snyder predicted "the consortium will continue to operate. . . . We will just have to spread their 20 to 22 percent contribution over the rest of the municipalities and we have budgeted for that already."
He said the board's new budget for 1991 is "about $60,000," an amount "considerably lower than 1990."
"The budget now does not include the city's participation, but we would be very glad to change it," Snyder added.
He said that during 1991, the consortium hopes "to investigate and develop markets for sale of our recycleables."