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Collection stations for recyclable materials in Cheektowaga's Town and Stiglmeier parks have proven less than successful in a 10-month experiment, town officials say.

"The park looks terrible with all this debris. People are abusing it," Councilman William P. Rogowski said at a Town Board work session Monday.

In addition to designated recyclables -- paper, cans and glass -- tires and bags of trash have been left around the containers in the parks, said Councilman Richard B. Solecki, head of the board's Sanitation Committee. Buffalo residents apparently have been leaving trash at the Town Park site, he added.

The board decided to close the collection point at Town Park, but keep a station at Stiglmeier Park, relocating it so it can be more closely monitored. The container at Town Park will be moved to the Town Hall campus where a collection station also can be monitored, the board decided.

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