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Recycling in Dunkirk hits snag

DUNKIRK – Recycling efforts in the city of Dunkirk have hit a major roadblock. Public Works Director Tony Gugino told members of the Dunkirk Public Works Committee at their regular meeting Monday in City Hall that the last time recyclable materials could be sent to the facility in Westfield was Monday.

Gugino said that Cassella Waste Systems, the company that is handling the city’s recycling products, notified the city that they will no longer accept the items in Westfield. Gugino said he has been trying to negotiate a new location to drop off the recycling. He said a representative said the items would have to be taken to their Jamestown facility.

The public works director said that the longer trip to Jamestown will involve more wear and tear on city trucks and more time for city employees to haul the recyclable loads. The city sends about 30 tons of recyclable items for processing each month.

“I would like to see us continue recycling if we can,” said chairwoman Stacy Szukala. “It is the right thing to do.”

City leaders have two weeks before the next scheduled recycling date in the city. They collect two times each month.

Also at the meeting:

• The water retention wall at the water treatment plant is deteriorating and repairs are needed, members were told. They said they will look at a request for proposals from engineers to repair the wall, which is at the Lake Erie shoreline.

• Szukala asked Gugino to proceed early on finding a contractor to haul away brush from the city’s dumping site.

Gugino said he has already had interest from four contractors. A request for proposals will be issued by Gugino’s office, he said.

• Sinkholes on city streets were discussed. Szukala said she has been receiving complaints about a hole on Central Avenue near Holy Trinity Church. Szukala heard from DPW staff that there are about 12 holes throughout the city and repairs are expected to begin after the sub-freezing weather breaks.