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BY: Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source | December 20, 2012

The long awaited garbage totes were finally put to use Monday as the Cheektowaga Department of Sanitation worked diligently to get to know the new process.

“It’s actually been better than I expected,” said General Crew Chief, Frank Max. “When you have a lot of new routes and different things occurring, it’s just having everyone get used to the new system.”

Town of Cheektowaga council members also joined sanitation workers on their morning routes to make sure that everything was going properly. Although there are still a few kinks too work out, all in all, members said everything is running smoothly.

“I don’t know how these guys do it. It’s constantly non stop,” said Councilmember Jerry Kaminski. “I have no idea when they have time to go to the bathroom. We did 6,000 totes the first day out.”

One of the minor problems that the department noticed is that the arrows on the totes, which point to the direction they are supposed to be faced on the curb, is wrong. The town is asking residents to have the handle side of the tote next to the street to help ensure a quick, steady, pick up.

The totes that were given to residents are property of the Town of Cheektowaga. Residents should not paint their totes a different color. Also, the weight limit for totes is only 150 pounds. If residents exceed this limit, they are at risk of damaging the tote.

“There was garbage in some of these totes that was probably in there for about a month and Charlie can attest to the weights of some of these things, which probably had an ungodly amount of water in them because the lids were open. The totes have to be closed. I think there were what, two vehicles today Charlie that the rats jumped out of the totes?," said Kaminski.

Aside from a few minor issues, Max said he was happy to see residents participating and approaching sanitation workers for questions and concerns.

“People seem to be complying with everything,” he said. “Residents were meeting us outside and talking to us and were very appreciative and that’s a good thing.”

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