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A new contract for garbage collection is expected to save Wheatfield homeowners about $14 a year.

Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said the pact with BFI of Buffalo, which goes into effect next March, decreases the cost of refuse collection from $90 to $76. The three-year agreement was approved last week by the Town Board.

Demler noted garbage collection used to cost homeowners $161 a year before he took office in 1996, when refuse collection cost the town about $600,000 a year.

There are about 5,200 homeowners in the town, he said.

"Competition" is the key, he said.

"It was never bid out previously," he added. "We've bid it out twice in the past two years. We reminded them about their competition."

The overall cost was reduced in 1996 to $440,000 and to $346,000 in 1997, he said.

In addition to the service, BFI will provide portable toilets to the town for softball games as well as provide free recycling bins, which formerly cost $5 each.

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