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May 8, 2014

City switches to recycle totes


Tonawanda News — “The big push to do it now was because one of our recycling trucks reached its life expectancy, and the other one is barely being held together,” Davis said. “It was an opportunity to consolidate.” 

The city will have three workers instead of four on the recycling truck as part of the change. The fourth employee will be transferred and will likely help complete highway work, including road and sewer construction. 

Last month, NT Mayor Rob Ortt released statistics that indicated an increase in the amount of items residents recycle, thanks in large part to the use of their 35-gallon totes. 

The city increased their recycling between 2012 and 2013 by 1.8 percent, the mayor’s release said.

“Thanks to some recent changes which have made it easier for our residents to recycle, we have seen an increase in our recycling totals. This translates to an annual cost savings of $78,903 for city taxpayers, as well as the knowledge that we are helping to do our part as a community to ensure a sustainable planet,” Ortt said. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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