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September 21, 2013

TUCKER: Seeking a solution for styrofoam

Tonawanda News — Kathy Reitz of Tonawanda emailed a response to the query from Robert Starr last week about how to get rid of styrofoam so it does not end up in a landfill for hundreds of years to come.

Kathy wrote: “I have a front porch full of bags of washed, used styrofoam. I have been trying to find homes for it through Buffalo Freecycle, a site I just love. You can get rid of most anything and I do mean anything. Except I have trouble with the styrofoam.

“So I did some research, and found that the DPW in Tonawanda will take it, but it just goes by the way all garbage goes. The woman at the DPW says they are trying to purchase a recycling machine but they do not have one as yet.

“So ..... back to the Internet. Dart Inc., in Baltimore does this kind of recycling, but the cost to ship would be crazy. They steered me to Trippi Foods in Buffalo. I guess they have a unit to take care of the styrofoam. But when I called there, the receptionist who answered was not so nice and told me if I wasn’t a retailer they could not help me and I asked who some of the retailers were so I could go to them and she said she was too busy. I just thanked her and here we are. 

“If you find out anything further, I would be thrilled, and my husband would be very grateful to have the space cleared on our front porch.”

The question is: does ANYONE have an answer to Kathy and Bob Starr’s dilemma?

Road Grief

For months now, the Town of Tonawanda has been repaving roads and replacing old water and sewer lines — the case on Delaware Road. For the longest time, workers closed off Delaware Road on the south side of Sheridan Drive. But alas, about a week ago, they started on the north side. Construction meant closing every side street, Traverse, Thorncliff, Zimmerman (my street) and all the others to where Delaware Road and Avenue meet. Trying to get home this past week was a nightmare and finally, the best solution seemed to be Delaware Avenue to Sheridan to Colvin Boulevard to Zimmerman and home. My daughter, who was bringing her son to the house to cut the grass, called Thursday and said: “Mom, how do I get to your house? There’s no street open.”

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