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Contractor widens list of recyclables

The town's garbage and recycling contractor is expanding the types of items that can be placed in recycling bins.

Councilman Paul W. Siejak said at Wednesday's Town Board work session that Waste Management has agreed to begin taking all types of cardboard, as well as motor oil containers, plastic furniture and other items previously barred from recycling.

Pizza boxes, beer and pop cases, silverware, metal cookware and juice boxes are now on the town's recyclable list.

However, plastic bags, medicine bottles and paint cans are still on the banned list.

Siejak said Waste Management's recycling facility in Liverpool has been updated and now can take many types of material previously barred because of residue.

"It should allow us to get more material in the system and less in the landfill," Supervisor Marc R. Smith said.

Siejak said tonnage of paper and cardboard being recycled in the town has been "stagnant," a situation he attributed to shrinking size and declining circulation of newspapers, as well as Internet shopping having reduced the number of catalogs in the mail.

Kenneth Horvath, the town's volunteer "garbologist," said getting the company to recycle "mixed rigid plastic," such as molded chairs, was a big win.

He said plastic bags can be brought back to the stores that issue them. "All the retail stores are required to take them now," Horvath said.

On another matter, the Thruway Soccer League, a travel circuit for teenage players, was barred from using the fields in Day Road Park.

The Lockport Soccer Association, which controls scheduling for the fields, had approved the league's request for space for its under-14 boys' team. But Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak put the kibosh on that.

"They're a for-profit organization," she said of the Thruway League. "We're a nonprofit organization. We cannot allow any for-profit organization to use our field."

The supervisor said, "It's a big moneymaker. They charge $1,000 [per player] to play. You pay $1,000, you can find another field."

Also Wednesday, the board approved contracts for some other activities. The town will pay the YWCA of Niagara $750 toward its summer craft program and $20 for each town resident who signs up for swimming lessons, to be held from July 9 to Aug. 3 in the
Lockport High School pool.

The town also will pay the Barge Canal Optimist Club $300 for its bicycle safety rodeo, to be held June 11 in the parking lot at Day Road Park.

The board also decided to hire three summer workers, two in water and sewer and one in the Highway Department, for $9 an hour.