Recycling program expands in Town of Lockport
During Wednesday work session meeting, Councilman Paul Siejak announced that a number of items that once could not be recycled now can be.
Those items include pizza boxes, beer or pop cases, frozen food boxes, silverware, metal or cardboard containers, anti-freeze or motor oil containers, furniture, tableware, toys, chairs, straws and individual drink pouches.
Hard and soft cover books can also now be recycled.
“This is a great addition,” said Supervisor Marc Smith. “It allows us to put less in the landfill.”
Siejak said that because there have been a reduction in the amount of newspapers, magazines and catalogs being recycled, with an increase of things being done online, Waste Management added equipment to their facility.
“They can now handle all these other materials,” said Siejak.
Items that still can not be recycled are ceramic bottles and other ceramic items, flower pots, crystal, light bulbs, mirror and window glass, heat resistant ovenware, hypodermic syringes, eyeglasses, paint cans, medicine bottles, Plexiglas, fast food containers, Tupperware, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, paper towels, wax paper, wrapping paper or napkins.
The one item that is still a “big no, no” is plastic bags, said Siejak.
Smith said he recently took a tour of the Waste Management facility and saw how plastic bags get caught on the wheels of the machine. He said bags getting caught were the “biggest problem” they face.
“The more of those we can keep out the better,” said Smith.
Those who have plastic shopping bags are encouraged to take them back to the store where they shop.
“Waste Management will not recycle them but you can return them to the store,” said Siejak.
In other town news:
• Several annual contracts were approved, including summer swim lesions at the YWCA. The contract states that the town will reimburse $20 per resident. The summer craft program will also take place again at the YWCA, with the town providing $750.
They also approved $300 to go to the Barge Canal Optimist for the annual Bike Safety Rodeo, which will be held in Day Road Park June 11.