The Town of Tonawanda has been talking about putting recycling totes in the hands of its residents for many months, but on Monday the Town Board gave the green light to order 30,000 covered bins at a cost of $1.3 million.
Highway Superintendent Thomas C. Jones II told the board that the bins will be delivered on doorsteps in mid- to late August with curbside pickup beginning in mid-September. The projected delivery date is nearly a month ahead of a previously announced schedule.
Jones, who oversees the town's sanitation department, said the town plans to order 25,000 65-gallon totes and 5,000 95-gallon totes at a cost of $1,334,500. The firm of Rehrig Pacific of Pennsylvania will make the totes for the town.
Councilor Lisa Chimera said the town is seeking a grant to cover 50 percent of the cost for the bins.