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Outlook upbeat for recyclable pickup

Common Council members are hoping the new year will mark the start of improvement in the collection of recyclables.

The recycling project started in October but has not had a high level of participation, officials said.

Council members and Mayor Richard L. Frey said they hope that residents start to spread the word about the recycling program. Each pound of items sent to recycling saves the city money that it would have to pay in fees for landfill processing of trash, they said.

In addition, a grant to pay for a new truck for the recycling project is tied to a program that has recyclable items picked up at least three times each month. The grant funding of $136,651 was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Council.

The cost of the new truck from Fleet Maintenance of West Seneca is $145,184. The difference between the cost and the funding will be contributed by the city.

Kory Ahlstrom, director of planning and development for the city, said participation in recycling is key to the receipt of the grant funding and also a good long-term savings for the city.

Residents may continue to use the recycling receptacles located on Lucas Street, Ahlstrom said. Glass, tin, newspaper, cardboard and plastic should be separated on regular trash days and put out for the recycle program, he said.

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