Niagara Gazette

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April 25, 2014

Niagara Falls eyeing trash deal with Modern

Niagara Gazette — The City of Niagara Falls is considering a new garbage collection and recycling program, one that would allow property owners to dispose of trash and other items in wheeled refuse totes similar to those found in many surrounding communities.

Mayor Paul Dyster’s administration has presented the city council with a proposal to enter into a new, five-year agreement for trash collection and recycling with the city’s current service provider, Modern Corp. in Lewiston. The city’s current contract with Modern expires next month. The proposed deal would run from May 1 through April 30, 2019. 

Dyster said the agreement is designed to not only continue weekly curbside trash collection but ramp up recycling efforts in a community where he admits the practice has been lax for years. 

“We’re committed to getting Niagara Falls on the right track in 2014,” he said. 

Dyster characterized the city’s recycling program — which ranks among the lowest in Western New York in terms of recycling rate — as “terrible” and in need of a more routine and modernized standard of collection.

“It’s certainly the most dramatic change people are going to notice in this,” Dyster said. “Under the city’s existing ordinances, people are required to recycle but in the absence of the proper equipment it’s difficult to enforce. We feel like by modern-day standards our little recycling bins are significantly undersized.”

For years, property owners in the Falls have used rectangular, blue bins to dispose of cardboard and other recyclables. Under the proposed deal with Modern, each household would receive a new 64-gallon trash tote as well as a 96-gallon recyclables tote. 

Dyster said plan calls for the continuation of weekly curbside trash pickup, with recyclable bins being picked up every other week. Dyster said the totes will be purchased by the city using casino revenue. Delivery would begin sometime in mid-June if the agreement is approved by council members.  

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