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Town of Lockport residents to save money on trash

LOCKPORT – Town of Lockport residents will be paying less for garbage and recycling services in 2017 under a new garbage contract.

The apparent low bid, opened Wednesday, came from Waste Management, the current hauler in the town. It’s substantially lower than the current fee.

Waste Management bid $162.24 per unit, more than $21 less than the current town refuse fee of $183.96 for each home. The town has 5,704 homes, Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said, so the total cost of the program will be more than $900,000.

Crocker said other factors enter into the amount of the charge actually included in the January tax bill, which won’t be set until this fall, but seems certain it will be lower. The Town Board will vote on the new contract July 6.

The town is switching to a new garbage format in January, with collection of recyclables from 64- or 96-gallon wheeled totes every two weeks, instead of weekly in 18-gallon bins.

The town intends to seek bids for the recycling totes this summer, Crocker said. They are to be paid for through the use of surplus money in the town’s refuse fund, plus an expected state recycling grant.

Residents still will be allowed to place as many as six bags or cans at the curb each week. No totes will be provided for regular garbage. Residents will still be allowed to dispose of one large item per week.

Waste Management outbid Modern Corporation, whose proposal was $172.31 per unit, and Republic Services, which bid $222 per unit.