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BFI has dropped to nothing the fee it charges the Town of Lancaster for processing its recycled waste.

BFI and Lancaster signed a three-year contract in January, which dropped the processing fee to $5 a ton from $10.10. However, BFI then eliminated its processing fees for the Town of Tonawanda, where its facility is located, as well as West Seneca and the Village of Sloan.

BFI told Lancaster officials in a March 3 letter that it was eliminating the processing fee effective Feb. 28. BFI officials have indicated that reduced rates have been made possible by the increased market value of recycled materials such as newspaper and cardboard products.

However, BFI warned that the zero processing fee may not last and may fluctuate in the future.

"This rate adjustment shall in no way relieve the Town of Lancaster of its obligations specified in our agreement, including the rate," wrote Paul Balbierz, BFI facility manager.

"The applicable fee shall be reflected within the corresponding monthly invoice," he said.

"BFI will make every attempt to notify you 30 days in advance of any rate adjustment."

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