Lockport Mayor Mike Tucker and Common Council President Richelle Pasceri today announced the delivery schedule of refuse and recycling carts throughout the community.
"This is a huge step forward in the transition from the current antiquated method of refuse pickup and disposal to a privatized, streamlined system that will ultimately save the residents of Lockport millions of dollars," Tucker said.
"I understand that there is apprehension from some residents of the pending conversion - anytime a change of this magnitude is implemented, there is bound to be some level of concern," Pasceri said. "That being said, we are working to ensure that the transition goes smoothly and efficiently for all residents of the community."
Beginning Oct. 3 with the "Monday Collection Route," residents should expect their refuse and recycling carts to arrive at their homes. It will take approximately 12 days to deploy carts across the city. Modern will begin collecting refuse on Oct. 10. Therefore, the last day of city collection will be Friday, Oct. 7.
"For the first several weeks of the program, residents and businesses will be able to dispose of additional materials outside of their carts to ensure everyone has ample time to transition to cart-based refuse and recycling collection," Pasceri said.
If a resident or business has not received their cart by Oct. 14, they are asked to place their refuse to the curb for collection and to call the city refuse and recycling hotline at 716-439-6752 or email [email protected]. An informational newsletter will accompany each recycling cart, which will answer questions and provide information about the new program.
The recycling portion of the program, which will encompass two groups, will commence on Oct. 10. Recycling for Group A will take place the week of Oct. 10, and Group B the week of Oct. 17. For more information concerning your recycling week, refer to the informational newsletter provided with your recycling cart or visit www.curbsidelockport.com.
If residents and businesses wish to recycle existing trashcans, they may place a "take me" tag on each can and set out for collection. Modern's collection crews will only collect cans with a "take me" tag on them.
As part of the transition, the city is encouraging participants to take advantage of a special amnesty collection extending from Sept. 26 through Oct. 7 to prepare for the transition.