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June 29, 2014

EDITORIAL: Hopefully all this trash talking is effective

Niagara Gazette — City officials were again talking trash on Friday.

It’s become a pretty common occurrence these past few weeks and we hope city residents are paying attention.

Mayor Paul Dyster and Councilman Andy Touma rolled the Falls’ new green and blue garbage totes into a Stephenson Avenue driveway during a press event Friday morning, marking the start of a distribution campaign that will stretch out across Niagara Falls in the coming weeks.

Dyster, standing with city officials and residents living in the Evershed neighborhood near 56th Street, said the delivery of the totes signifies the beginning of a transition that will see the city begin to improve its woeful 4 percent recycling rate while making neighborhoods cleaner as well.

“Today, we’re taking a very positive step in order to help the city of Niagara Falls transition to the cleaner, greener city that we want,” Dyster said.

We’ve made it pretty clear we’re in favor of the new refuse disposal and recycling collection system. That 4 percent recycling rate in the city is just embarrassing in this day and age.

Even more embarrassing is the trash that seems to be strewn all about this city, we suspect largely from garbage bags left on the ground and ripped open.

The new program — a part of a new contract with Modern Corp. — is not without its detractors.

Many residents have expressed concerns over the size of the new totes, worrying that the 64-gallon garbage bins won’t be big enough to handle all of their household trash. Some residents also have suggested the city would have been wise to use the larger, 96-gallon recyclable totes for garbage instead.

But we hope city residents get the message — put a better effort into recycling.

“We understand that asking people to change their behavior is a difficult thing,” Dyster said Friday. “Everything that we’ve seen in the experience of other communities suggests that the transition to a modern recycling system is always a bumpy road. But, we all know it’s a road that we have to travel down.”

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