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Akron residents can cut the costs of solid-waste disposal and reduce the amount of garbage impacting the environment by recycling more, Village Trustee Charles P. Yaeger said Tuesday.

Yaeger, the Village Board liaison to the Solid Waste Committee, reminded residents that the tonnage being collected is up and it costs $54.88 a ton in tipping fees to dispose of garbage-can waste at the American Ref-Fuel waste-to-energy plant. "It's an expensive proposition," Yaeger said. "In order to keep our costs down, residents have to help."

The recycling program was expected to reduce costs, Yaeger said, but the fund is $5,500 short.

He added that some residents are not using dumpsters for remodeling projects.

The Solid Waste Committee last week recommended that the Village Board consider raising the garbage collection fee to $38 per quarter.

Yaeger noted that the Northeast-Southtowns Solid Waste Management Board has an offer from some other companies to take refuse to landfills at $40 a ton.

However, under the refuse-collection agreement with American Ref-Fuel, the village is spending more money than projected.

Meanwhile, village residents can bring yard waste and brush to the composting facility from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Nov. 29. The entrance to the site is on the south side of Clarence Center Road between Buell Street and Hake Road.

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