Niagara Gazette — City residents had a look at new garbage and recycling totes set to be distributed in the coming weeks as part of a refuse and recycling overhaul.
City Administrator Donna Owens was joined by other city hall staffers and representatives from Modern Corp. — the company that will be continuing to collect the city’s waste — providing demonstrations of how the totes will work and answering questions in the parking lot of City Hall Saturday morning.
Similar events are planned for the LaSalle Library, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and DeVeaux Woods, from 9 a.m. to noon, July 12.
Owens has overseen the negotiation of a new contract with Modern after the company won the city’s business through an open bidding process. The city aims to improve its recycling rate of 4 percent — the lowest rate in Western New York, according to a recent report from the news organization Investigative Post — and reduce litter and rodent problems with the new program.
While most residents said the plan to overhaul the waste collection system is a good thing many still voiced concerns about specific aspects of the program.
David Meyers, a retired member of the Army from the DeVeaux neighborhood, said he is happy the city is trying to encourage environmentally sound practices, but worries that the 64-gallon tote to be provided for waste will not be big enough for his household.
“I have that size container at home and I put out more than that,” he said.
Wilfred DuVal, who is retired from the Army and Occidental Chemical Co. and lives in LaSalle, was concerned about being able to throw away clippings from his yard.
“If I put that in my blue (tote) where do I put my garbage?” he asked.
Owens said the city is working with Modern to address the concerns of citizens and some of the issues are soon to be resolved. She is negotiating with the company to have a regular pick up of grass clippings that can be put out beside the tote in a clear plastic bag, though the details have yet to be finalized.