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April 25, 2014

Niagara Falls eyeing trash deal with Modern

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Niagara Gazette — Part of the agreement requires Modern and the city to undertake a multi-month educational campaign to inform residents about items that are eligible for recycling, weekly pickup schedules and the importance of adhering to the new rules. 

“The success of the program will be based on how well we get the information out,” she said. “It’s going to be an ongoing process, but this program has been very successful in other municipalities throughout Western New York.”

City lawmakers have for years been lobbying Dyster’s administration to explore new options for municipal trash pickup and recycling services. Several complained about the length of the process, suggesting it should have been completed sooner by Owens, who came to Niagara Falls in 2008 having served as deputy commissioner of the Atlanta Department of Public Works office of solid waste services.

Owens said the bid process took time to get right and involved research by several departments and coordination with the office of Niagara County Environmental Coordinator Dawn Timm. 

“It takes a long time to get these contracts together because you have to look at best practices and what fits best for your city,” she said. 

Dyster said the manner in which the process unfolded had more to do with coordination and the availability of funds than it did any particular administrator or official. Dyster said the administration wanted to make sure that the new waste disposal contract coincided with the start of an enhanced recycling program. To do that, he said, the city needed a source of revenue to cover the cost of purchasing new totes for property owners. The best source was casino money, which Dyster noted had been tied up for several years amid the recent squabble between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the state of New York. 

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